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1885 - 1916

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1887 - 1916

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Pte 15103 Alan William Wright

  • Age: 22
  • From: Liverpool
  • Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 17th Btn
  • K.I.A Monday 3rd July 1916
  • Commemorated at: Thiepval Memorial
    Panel Ref: P&F1D8B &8 C.
15103 Private Alan William WRIGHT, 17th Batn KLR – KIA 03.07.1916.

Born on 28th October 1894, Alan was the son of William Henry Wright, a GP, and his wife Margaret Elizabeth nee Quine.

In 1891 they live at 16 Spellow Lane and have two servants.

In 1901, still at the same address where William Henry is a GP, they now have a son but there is no mention of Dorothy May anywhere in the 1901 Census, although in the 1911 Census Dorothy is back at home, now aged 20 years and there is a 3 year old son, Arthur Frederick, as well as 3 servants, but no mention of Alan William.

In 1904, there is a record of Alan leaving Shares Preparatory School, Warbreck (possibly Sharpe College, Hall Lane, where the Principal in 1900 was Thomas T. Sharpe MA) and becoming a pupil at Liverpool Collegiate School.

In 1911, Alan is shown as a boarder at King William College, Malew, Isle of Man. It is possible that on leaving school, Alan took up employment in the cotton trade as a man of the same name and initials is commemorated on the Liverpool Cotton Exchange War Memorial.

On 3rd March 1914, his mother passed away and probate records show that she left estate valued at £1347.

On 2nd October 1915, William Henry married Sarah (Sadie) Ann Scott, who was ony 26 years old and gave her address as Antrim Hotel, Mount Pleasant. Her husband was 53 years old.

Alan William Wright’s service record has not survived but he almost certainly enlisted in 1914 and arrived in France with the first batch of Pals on 8th November 1915. As with one or two others killed around the opening days of the Battle of the Somme, several documents indicate that he died on 1st July, 1st/3rd July or 3rd July, aged 22 years. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme.

His father placed a notice in the Liverpool Daily Post on 18th July 1916:  

“July 1, killed in action, aged 21 years, Alan William Wright, King’s (Liverpool) Regiment (“Pals”), elder son of Dr. W. H. Wright, 16 Spellow Lane.” 

He was awarded all three medals which were sent to his father. William Henry and Sadie had a son, William Henry, born in 1918. In WW2 their son joined the RAF and on 19th April 1944, Squadron Leader (Pilot) Wm Henry Wright perished in Australia whilst flying with 548 Squadron and was buried in Brisbane, Australia. The squadron, with RAF pilots and RAAF ground crew, had just taken delivery of their new Spitfires but the Squadron took no part in actions against the enemy until some months later, so it is likely that William Henry died in an air accident. Son of William Henry and Margaret Elizabeth Wright of "Redcot", 17 Beach Lawn, Waterloo, Liverpool.

Killed On This Day.

(103 Years this day)
Sunday 27th January 1918.
L/Sgt 34298 Samuel Armstrong
34 years old