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
Pte 23871 Herbert Harry James Wright
- Age: 22
- From: Liverpool
- Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 20th Btn
- K.I.A Sunday 30th July 1916
- Commemorated at: Thiepval Memorial
Panel Ref: P&F1D8B &8 C.
Herbert Harry James Wright was born on 9th February 1894 in Liverpooland baptised 30th September 1896 at St Dunstan, Church Of England, Edge-Hill, Liverpool. He was the son of Herbert and Ellen Elizabeth Wright of 83 Earle Road, Edge-Hill, Liverpool.
The 1911 Census shows the family living at 83 Earle Road, Liverpool.
The father Herbert aged 45, born 1866 occupation dock labourer, who was born in Lowestoft. His wife Ellen Elizabeth is aged 46, born 1865 no occupation who was born in Suffolk. Their children were all born in Liverpool. They have been married for twenty three years and have had seven children of which two died. Herbert Harry James aged 17, born 1894 occupation butcher, Walter aged 14, born 1897 is a pawnbroker shop lad, Ethel Sarah is aged 12, born 1899 and James Henry aged 10, born 1901.
He enlisted in the 20th Battalion, The King’s Liverpool Regiment as Private No 23871. Formed in November 1914 the 20th Battalion were originally billeted at Tournament Hall, Knotty Ash before on 29th January 1915 they moved to the hutted accommodation purposely built at Lord Derby’s estate at Knowsley Hall. On 30th April 1915 the 19th Battalion alongside the other three Pals battalions left Liverpool via Prescot Station for further training at Belton Park, Grantham. They remained here until September 1915 when they reached Larkhill Camp on Salisbury Plain. He arrived in France on 7th November 1915.
He was killed in action on the 30th July 1916, aged 22, at the village of Guillemont, France, during the Somme Offensive. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme.
In the Liverpool Echo on 30th July 1917, under the heading, “Lost At The Battle Of Guillemont”:
“In affectionate remembrance of Private Herbert (Our Bert) Wright, 20th K.L.R. (Pals), dearly-devoted son of Mr. and Mrs. Wright, killed in action July 30, 1916. - Fondly remembered by his Father and Mother, Sisters and Brothers, of 83 Earle Road.
Dear Bert, how we all miss you,
Our loss is hard to bear;
But in heaven above where all is love
There’ll be no parting there.”
We currently have no further information on Herbert Harry James Wright, If you have or know someone who may be able to add to the history of this soldier, please contact us.
Killed On This Day.(103 Years this day)
Sunday 27th January 1918.
L/Sgt 34298 Samuel Armstrong
34 years old