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 114191 Albert Henry Wright
- Age: 29
- From: Lambeth, Surrey
- Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 17th Btn
- K.I.A Sunday 9th February 1919
- Commemorated at: Archangel Allied Cemetery
Panel Ref: Sp Mem B137
Albert Henry Wright was born in Camberwell, London in 1889 and was baptised in the church of St John the Evangelist, Brixton on 30th Deptember that year, when his parents, Frederick and Elizabeth Wright were living at 20 Flaxman Road, Camberwell, Lambeth.
The 1891 Census shows Frederick, a joiner, and Elizabeth living at that address with their two children, Edith aged 7 years and Albert Henry aged 1 year. Two older children had died in infancy.
In 1901, still at Flaxman Road, they have a third child, a daughter aged 8 years. This daughter is variously named in documents of the time as Mabel Dorothy, Dorothy or Dorothy Mabel, who was born on 23rd September 1892 and baptised Mabel Dorothy on 23rd November 1892.
The family was still living at 20 Flaxman Road in 1911, when their daughter Edith is a draper’s ledger clerk; Albert Henry is a printer’s bookkeeper; and Dorothy (sic) is a stock clerk in a woollen warehouse.
Although Albert’s service record has not survived, other documents show that he initially served as Private 3107 with the Northumberland Cyclists Battalion which was subsumed into the Northern Cyclist Battalion (TF). It is possible that Albert then volunteered in late 1914 although his medal card shows that he was awarded only the BWM and VM. At some time, presumably in late 1918, he was posted to 17th King’s Liverpool Regiment and was killed in North Russia on 9th February 1919in the following circumstances:
By early February 1919, the Bolshevik presence in the area of Seletskoe was growing steadily stronger and at 4.30am on 9th February 1919 they opened up a fierce and sudden artillery bombardment on both flanks of the 17th Battalion’s forward blockhouse positions and succeeded in cutting their communications with the rear. The Bolsheviks then attacked with infantry and although repulsed with considerable losses on the left flank, they eventually overran the right flank blockhouse position after a fierce fight and killed all its occupants except Private Roberts, whom they captured but later murdered. A survivor of the Russian campaign, Private J. Grogan, 17th KLR, described to Maddocks how he went with others to to check on Church Post, the right hand blockhouse attacked, as HQ was unable to contact them by telephone. “When we found them they were dead. They’d all been dragged out and murdered”.
He was buried in Seletscoe Burial Ground and is commemorated on the Archangel Memorial to the Missing alongside his comrades. Dorothy, Albert’s younger sister, married in 1924 and died in Surbiton in 1989 aged 97 years!
Killed On This Day.(103 Years this day)
Sunday 27th January 1918.
L/Sgt 34298 Samuel Armstrong
34 years old