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 15286 George Frederick Wright
- Age: 20
- From: Liverpool
- Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 17th Btn
- K.I.A Thursday 12th October 1916
- Commemorated at: Thiepval Memorial
Panel Ref: P&F1D8B &8 C.
George Frederick Wright was born on the7th February 1896 in Liverpool and baptised at St Mary’s Church, Liverpool and was the son of James Wright, of 45, Oxgate Gardens, Cricklewood, London.
His parents, James Wright and Sarah Perrins, were married in 1877 at St. Clement’s C. of E. Church, Longsight, Manchester. His father was born at Melling and worked as a railway inspector. His mother and eldest sister were born in Shropshire.
The 1881 Census shows his parents living at 1 Malcolm Grove, Kirkdale with their daughter Sarah E.
The 1891 Census shows the family at 76 Beckett Street, Kirkdale - Parents James and Sarah with children Leah E, Florence, James A and Maud A. Alfred Perrins, who was also a railway inspector, was lodging with the family.
The 1901 Census shows the family now at 56 Chepstow Street, Walton - Parents James and Sarah with children Leah, Florence, James A, Maud, Albert and George F Wright. Sarah's nephew Charles Perrins, who was also a stoker on the railways, was also a member of the household.
The 1911 Census shows the family have now moved to 222 Stanley Road, Kirkdale - Parents James & Sarah with children Florence, James, Maud, Albert and Frederick. They had been married for 34 years with 8 children born and 6 still alive.
He enlisted in Liverpool and was serving in the 17th Battalion, The King’s Liverpool Regiment as Lance-Corporal No 15286 when he was killed in action on the 12th October 1916 aged 20 during the Battle of the Transloy Ridges which was part of the ongoing Somme Offensive.
17th Bn War Diary: Battle of Transloy Ridge –
11-10-16 - Gird Trench/Gird Support – Battalion in front line and support trenches. British bombardment of enemy front line system commenced about midday. Hostile shelling was intermittent throughout the day.
12-10-16 - Our bombardment continued. Enemy reply weak. 2.5 p.m. Zero hour. Attack on German front line system commenced. Enemy wire was found to be uncut and attack was unsuccessful. Hostile machine gun fire was very heavy and caused many casualties. Battalion H.Q. and Support Trench were heavily shelled throughout afternoon and evening. […] During this action all communication had to be carried out by runners and carrier pigeons as all wires were being continually cut by enemy shelling.
Casualties: 5 officers killed, 5 officers wounded, 38 OR killed, about 225 OR wounded/missing etc.
Graham Maddocks, in “Liverpool Pals” p.140, adds: “As the whistle blew, the 17th Battalion left its trenches to move forward. […] As soon as the attacking waves left their trenches the enemy artillery began to register on them, and at the same time, the defending infantry commenced a murderous rain of fire. […] Although their numbers had been depleted by the British bombardment, they were trained and experienced soldiers, well dug in on high ground, and for the most part, looking out on uncut wire. As such, it was virtually impossible for them to miss the City Battalion men struggling to advance in the mud towards them. The 17th Battalion, on the left, was particularly badly hit, as its portion of No Man’s Land contained a slight rise in the ground, and as the troops emerged onto it they were silhouetted against the sky and became easy targets. Those on the left of the attack, who managed to avoid the hail of bullets and make it to the German wire, then found that it was totally uncut, and thus trapped, they too became easy targets, to be picked off almost at the enemy’s will. It was hardly surprising that, seeing the first waves being wiped out, some of the following waves turned back and made for their start lines. These lines were now packed with other waves of troops, however, and the fleeing men added to the congestion already there, and became easy prey for the German gunners. There is some evidence also, to suggest that at this stage, the British trenches were also being hit by their own heavy artillery shells which were falling short.”
A report in the Bootle Times 24th November 1916:
CUNARD EMPLOYEES KILLED.
Mr. and Mrs. James Wright, 27, Exeter-road, Bootle, have received news of the death of their youngest son, Lance-Corporal George F. Wright (20), in France. He was wounded whilst leading his section forward, and killed instantaneously by a bullet on his way back to the dressing station. His loss will be keenly felt by his many friends, and also by his fellow colleagues at the Cunard Steamship Company, in whose employ he was prior to the war.
George has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France.
He is also commemorated on the following War Memorials:
Bootle Civic Memorial,
Union Prestbyterian Church, Kirkdale
Liverpool Prestbytery (Union, Kirkdale)
Bootle Secondary School for Boys
Cunard Steam Ship Co, Roll of Honour and Plaque.
George's death was not the only loss that the family had to endure in 1916 as just before Christmas his brother Albert Victor of the 6th Battalion, The King’s Liverpool Regiment was also killed in action on the 22nd December 1916. He was aged 25 and prior to the war he had been employed by Messrs: H Tate and Sons as an Electrician. He now rests at Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery in Belgium where his headstone bears the epitaph:
"JUST WHEN HIS HOPES SEEMED BRIGHTEST GOD CALLED OUR LOVED ONE HOME"
Killed On This Day.(103 Years this day)
Sunday 27th January 1918.
L/Sgt 34298 Samuel Armstrong
34 years old