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Pte 21651 William Joseph Wrigley

  • Age: 22
  • From: Liverpool
  • Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 19th Btn
  • K.I.A Sunday 30th July 1916
  • Commemorated at: Guillemont Rd Cem
    Panel Ref: IV.K.10

William Joseph Wrigley was born 22nd March 1894 at Liverpool. He was the son of Vincent James and Eliza Wrigley of 5 Cathedral Road, Anfield, Liverpool. he was educated at St Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Schools And Campion Bilateral Secondary Modern.

The 1911 Census shows the family living at 114 Salisbury Road, Everton, Liverpool. This was the home of his widowed sister Ann Elizabeth Kempsey.

Ann Elizabeth is the head of the household aged 42, born 1869 no occupation who was born in Liverpool. She has six children Ada Mary aged 20, born 1891 occupation house work, Walter aged 18, born 1893 is a clerk for a paint manufacturer, Frederick aged 17, born 1894 is an apprentice for a timber merchant, William aged 14, born 897 is a shop boy, Vincent aged 13, born 1898 is a student, and Robert aged 8, born 1903 is at school. Her children were all born in Liverpool. Her brother Vincent James is a widower aged 52, born 1859 occupation bricklayer, his three sons Francis Joseph aged 17, born 1894 a clerk in a builders office, Francis aged 13, born 1898 and Joseph aged 11, born 1900 are both at school. 

He enlisted on the 4th September 1914 at Liverpool and gave his age as twenty years and 137 days and his occuaption as a clerk. He was five nine and three quarter inches tall, weighed 126lbs, fresh complexion, brown eyes, brown hair and gave his religion as Roman Catholic.

7.11.15: Embarked for France with his batatlion from Folkestone.

He was serving in the 19th Battalion, The King’s Liverpool Regiment as Private No 21651 when he was killed in action on the 30th July 1916 aged 22 at the village of Guillemont, France, during the Somme Offensive. 

He now lies in Guillemont Road Cemetery, France.

In the Liverpool Echo on 30th July 1917, under the heading ‘Lost At The Battle of Guillemont’  his father paid tribute to Willie and his two best Pals–

“July 30, 1916.  In grateful and loving memory of Privates W.J. Wrigley (Willie) H.J. Voce, and Charles Heath (Pals) killed at battle of Guillemont, Somme. (Never forgotten by Willie’s dad.  R.I.P.)”

Additional notices were also  posted:

Wrigley 21651 – “July 30, 1916, killed on Somme, aged 23, Pte W.J. Wrigley (“Pals”), the beloved eldest son of Vincent and the late Eliza Wrigley. - Fondest memories. (R.I.P.)” 

Including one from Irvine Voc's parents.

“In loving memory of our dear son and brother Private Irvine Voce, also his chum Private William Wrigley, both 19th K.L.R. (“Pals”), who fell at Guillemont, July 30, 1916. R.I.P.”


We currently have no further information on William Joseph Wrigley, 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