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
L/Cpl 21646 Cecil John Wright (MM)
- Age: 22
- From: Crewe, Cheshire
- Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 18th Btn
- K.I.A Tuesday 8th October 1918
- Commemorated at: Busigny Cc Ext
Panel Ref: V.A.19
Cecil John Wright was born 3rd May 1896 in Crewe and baptised 12th June 1896 at St Oswald’s Chester and was the son of Isabel Peers (formerly Wright) of 52, Gladstone Avenue, Chester, and the late John Wright. His parents John Wright and Isabel Coppack married on 1st September 1890 at St Oswald’s, Chester and his father John died in 1899. His mother Isabel re-married 24th February 1906 to John Peers.
The 1901 Census shows the family at 52 Gladstone Avenue, Mother Isabella (Widow) with children Phyllis and Cecil . Also shown on the records are 2 boarders and her sister May Coppack.
In 1911 Census they are at the same address but Isabella is now married and with her husband John Peers.
Prior to the war Cecil worked in the offices of Messrs. Potts, Potts and Gardner Solicitors, Chester.
He enlisted at St George's Hall in Liverpool on 3rd September 1914 joining the 19th Battalion. He was 18yrs 180 days old and gave his occuaption as a clerk. He was 5’6” inches tall, weighed 126lbs with a 34” chest, sallow complexion, blue eyes and brown hair and gave his religion as Church of England. He trained locally at Sefton Park and Knowsley Hall before, on 30th April 1915, all four Liverpool Pals battalions transferred to Belton Park, Grantham for further training. They remained there until September when they transferred to Lark Hill Camp on Salisbury Plain. He reached France on 07th November 1915. He was involved in the heavy fighting on the Somme in 1916 as is shown by his letter home which featured in the Chester Chronicle on 29th July 1916:
“Cestrians in the Big Push: Chester young men, many of whom joined the “Liverpool Pals”, played a conspicuous part in the commencement of the “Great Push” but their doings have, with one or two exceptions, not seen the light of print. This particular Liverpool regiment rendered excellent service, for which they have been deservedly praised, and it is therefore interesting to learn that amongst the “Pals” who have earned distinction are several members of the Sealand United Football Club junior organisation which in 1914 had proved equal to the task of acting as reserve team to the Chester F.C. A few months after the war broke out, with that good sporting spirit which was characteristic of them, the whole team joined the colours and to their credit, be it said, they have proved in this serious battle of life just as trustworthy and keen as they were found to be on the field of play. One of their number – Cecil J. Wright, writing to his home, 52 Gladstone Avenue, Chester, says, ‘No doubt you will have heard by this that we have been giving the Huns a very nasty smack. We captured four lines of their trenches, which means an advance of about a mile and a quarter and could have gone on further had we have wished, but as this was our objective we had to remain. It was very amusing to see the Germans come out of their trenches with their hands stretched above their heads shouting “Kamerade”. They were a very poor-looking lot – Bavarians, half-starved and proper pale looking. Our casualties were very slight considering the ground we gained and as regards the enemy’s losses they were terrific. They appeared to have no reserves, and nobody entrenched in front of us. We are now having a rest well behind the lines, having done our share of the dirty work. Charles Heath and G. Pinches are all right. The Germans are absolutely beaten on this part of the front. The way they gave themselves up was a disgrace to the German army. I have got many souvenirs such as German helmets, or, as a matter of fact, anything, but as we are not allowed to bring these articles home I let them slide.’
Writing on subsequent dates, Private Wright says, ‘the battalion is still resting behind the lines after their grand work and were enjoying the peaceful surroundings. Heath and Pinches are all right.’
Sadly both Heath and Pinches were killed in action on 30th July 1916 at Guillemont.
Cecil continued to serve with the 19th Battalion until it was disbanded and subsumed into the 14th Battalion on 31/07/1918. The 14th battalion was then amalgamated with the 18th Battalion. The new battalion officially becomes the 18th (Lancashire Hussars Yeomanry), The King's Liverpool Regiment.
Cecil was serving with the 18th Battalion, The King’s Liverpool Regiment as Lance-Corporal No 21646 when he was killed in action on the 8th October 1918 aged 22 during the hundred days offensive which ended the First World War (8th August-11th November 1918).
He was the recipient of the Military Medal for his bravery. The award being Gazetted 29th August 1918.
He now rests at Busigny Communal Cemetery Extension, France.
He is also commemorated on the War Memorial located in Chester Town Hall.
Killed On This Day.(103 Years this day)
Sunday 27th January 1918.
L/Sgt 34298 Samuel Armstrong
34 years old