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 42762 William Wright
- Age: 32
- From: Southport, Lancs
- Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 17th Btn
- K.I.A Tuesday 31st July 1917
- Commemorated at: Menin Gate Memorial
Panel Ref: Panel 4 & 6
William Wright was born in 1885 in Southport and was the son of Mrs. Annie Lloyd, of Aughton Rd, Birkdale, Southport and the husband of Ethel M. Tremayne (formerly Wright), of 160, Norwood Rd, Blowick, Southport. Prior to enlisting he had been employed as a Porter at the Cheshire Lines, Lord Street Station. He was also a prominent member of The All Soul’s Church, Norwood Road. He married Maud Ethel Wright Nee Leyland on 26th March 1904. They had four children, Annie born 1905, Francis born 1907,Gladys born 1911 and Ethel born 1915.
He enlisted in June 1916 in Southport and was serving in the 17th Battalion, The King’s Liverpool Regiment as Private No 42762 when he was killed in action on the 31st July 1917 aged 32 during the Third Battle of Ypres.
The following was taken from Lives of the Great War as supplied by Erica 37608:
04/10/16: To France with his Battalion.
18/10/16: Joined 17th Battalion, The King’s Liverpool Regiment.
17/11/16: Awarded Field Punishment No 1 for losing his oil sheet and gas helmet.
He was serving in the 17th Battalion, The King’s Liverpool Regiment as Private No 42762 when he was killed in action on the 31st July 1917 aged 32 during the Third Battle of Ypres.
In a letter to his wife, his Captain says:
“I very much regret to inform you of the death of your husband Private Wright, of this battalion, killed in action in the recent fighting at the beginning of this month. He was killed in an attack on the German trenches, and died as he always lived, very bravely. As his company commander, I thought very highly indeed of your husband, he was always cheerful under the worst circumstances, and I shall miss him very much. Please allow me to express my sincere sympathy with your great loss.”
He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Belgium.
He is also commemorated on the Southport War Memorial.
We currently have no further information on William 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