CFHS code : HS18b

Parish : Holy Sepulchre

Inscription : In Loving Memory of WILLIAM BADEN WRIGHT d August 9th 1915 aged 14

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones/Flowerholder

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Wright monument December 2018

Hidden under a large tree a few rows from the central path


Who passed away August 9th 1915 aged 14 years

“Death little warning to me gave
But quickly called me to my grave
Oh, haste to Christ, make no delay
For no one knows his dying day.”

William Baden Wright (1901 – 9 August  1915)

William (or Willie as he was known)  was the eldest child and only son of Bob Nightingale Wright (1879-1958) and his wife Mabel Beatrice (née Stanford) (1883-1979). Willie  was born in Pampisford, but grew up at 26 Sedgwick Street (1911) with parents and  younger sister Evelyn Magdelene (1909-).  Bob Wright worked for Great Eastern Railway as a shunter.  Willie worked as a butcher’s errand boy and died at Addenbrookes Hospital caused by a fall at work. His death was subject to an inquest which was reported in the Cambridge Independent Press.

Willie worked for Mr. E. Whybrew, butcher of 63 Mawson Road.  Whilst at work around the 1 of July he had slipped in the slaughterhouse and fallen on his back.   He was sent home, appeared to recover, and was back in work the next day. About three weeks later he became worse and went to see the doctor.   Later that evening Willie was found unconscious and was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital on a stretcher.  In hospital he again appeared  to recover, but doctors initially thought he had broken his back.  Dr Charles Budd, acting Physician at Addenbrooke’s told the inquest that between the fall and his admission to the hospital Willie had been in perfect health.  Dr Budd had suspected meningitis and had been treating him for this.  Willie had complained of pain throughout his body, but never in the same place.   Dr Budd said that ‘death was due to blood poisoning in the leg as a result of the fall. There was no outward sign of a bruise. One would have imagined that the injury would have cause the boy pain, but he was probably suffering from a deep bruise, and perhaps an abscess with no outward sign’. The foreman of the inquest noted that there were no injuries to the skull or spine, and no internal injuries to the back. The jury returned a verdict of ‘blood poisoning caused by an abcess in the leg, due to a fall’.

His funeral was on Saturday 14 August at the Baptist Chapel on Mill Road followed by iternment at Mill Road Cemetery.



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