William James Wright (1893–1917) was Private (352959) in the 2/9th Battalion Territorial Forces of the Manchester Regiment, formerly Private (4457) in the Cambridgeshire Regiment. He fell in action in France on 9 October 1917. His Battalion took part in the Battle of Poelcapelle, Flanders that day.

His brother, Leonard Arthur Wright, died in France two weeks later.

William was born in 1893 in Cambridge. He was one of five children born to William Henry Wright and Jessie Ellen Wright (née Wright). William became a shop clerk for a china dealer. He enlisted in Cambridge as Private (4457) in the Cambridgeshire Regiment before being transferred as Private (352959) in the 2/9th Battalion Territorial Forces of the Manchester Regiment. He was killed in action on 9 October 1917 two weeks before his younger brother, Leonard, was also killed in action. His battalion took part in the Battle of Poelcapelle, Flanders that day. He was entitled to the Victory medal and the British War medal.

Wright grave
Wright grave

 

 

 

Lat Lon : 52.202147, 0.13807845 – click here for location

Parish : St Mary the Great

See family grave page for more information

 

 

 

 

Sources:
www.forces-war-records.co.uk
www.ancestry.co.uk
Census returns for England: 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911
England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, Death Index, 1916–2007
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858–1966
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914–1919
Web: International, Find A Grave Index

Note: This grave was located and recorded by the Sixth-formers of the Parkside Federation, Cambridge on 14 November 2012.

By Emma Easterbrook, Mary Naylor and Ian Bent

William James Wright