1885 - 1916
CPL David Wallace Crawford
1887 - 1916
Lce-Corpl John Joseph Nickle
1894 - 1916
Pte 17911 Morton Neill
1897 - 1916
Lieut Edward Stanley Ashcroft
1883 - 1918
Cpl 57605 Samuel Robert Dredge Wright
- Age: 20
- From: Bendingo, Victoria, Australia
- Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 19th Btn
- D.O.W Sunday 24th June 1917
- Commemorated at: Railway Dugout B.g. Zillebeke
Panel Ref: Sp.Mem.F.9
Samuel Robert Dredge Wright was born in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia in about 1897, the only son of William Ripley Wright and his wife Carrie (nee Dredge). He was known to the family as Bertie, but later used the name Robert. His mother appears to have died when Robert was very young, as he was brought to England by his paternal aunt, Amy Wright (who was born in Bradford, Yorkshire), when he was about three years old.
By 1901 Robert, listed as Samuel R.D. Wright, and his aunt Amy are living with a Sarah Bentley, in ‘Dean Wood’, Rivington, Lancashire. Amy is a trained nurse, working on her own account. They have a domestic servant. Robert is 4.
In 1911 Robert is living with another aunt and uncle, John and Mary Ann Stakes, at 5 Upper Rushton Road, Bradford, Yorkshire. Also in the household is his uncle’s widowed sister in law, Margaret Jane Singleton. Robert is 14, at school; he was a pupil at the Hanson School in Bradford. The census shows his aunt Amy as the Hospital Sister, head, in the Thornton Infectious Disease Hospital, Bradford.
Robert enlisted in Bradford, in the 67 West Riding Divisional Cyclist Company, and at some point was transferred to the 19th Bn King’s (Liverpool) Regiment. It is not known when he was wounded, but in June 1917 the battalion was in the Ypres salient, in the front line south of Hooge. Robert died from his wounds at 72 Field Ambulance on 24th June 1917. He was 20 years old. Robert now rests in Railway Dugout Burial Ground, Zillebeke, Flanders, where his Special memorial headstone reads,
“THEIR GLORY SHALL NOT BE BLOTTED OUT”.
In the Bradford Weekly Telegraph, 20th July 1917 –
“Corporal Bert, only son of William and Carrie Wright, and nephew of Mrs. Wright, of the isolation hospital, Thornton, has died of wounds received in action. He was born at Bendigo, Australia, twenty years ago, but was educated at Hanson School, Bradford.”
In the Bendigo Independent, 8th September 1917:
“Died of Wounds. Mrs. and Mrs. S. Dredge, of 10 Burn Street, Golden Square, have received word from England that their only grandson, Bertie Wright, only son of William Ripley Wright and the late Carrie Wright, late of Bendigo, was wounded in France and later died of wounds on June 24, 1917, in the isolation hospital, Thornton, England, aged 20 years. Corporal Wright was attached to the King’s Liverpool Regiment. He was a native of Golden Square and was only three years of age when his aunt, Miss Amy Wright, took him to England, where he resided till the time of enlisting with his regiment. He has done his duty well, and died for freedom’s cause and empire.”
(There seems to have been some miscommunication, as his aunt Amy worked in the isolation hospital.)
Robert Wright is commemorated on the Hanson School Memorial.
Robert (Bert) Wright is commemorated on the Greenhill Methodist Church Memorial, Bradford.
Killed On This Day.(103 Years this day)
Sunday 27th January 1918.
L/Sgt 34298 Samuel Armstrong
34 years old