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Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Albert Henry Wright

Died 14th July 1916, aged 24
The Somme, France

A difficult start in life
When Albert was born in Melton Mowbray in 1892, childbirth was significantly more risky for a mother than it is today. Albert was the first child of Henry James Wright and Maria Wright (née Clarke), and tragically Maria died of ‘childbed fever’ (puerperal fever), nine days after Albert’s birth. It is not known who Albert lived with in his very early years, but although his 39 year old father married 26 year old Alice Richardson eight years later in 1900, the 1901 census records the nine year old Albert living with his grandparents, in Melton Mowbray.

Living in Quorn
Moving forward ten years, the 1911 census shows Albert living with his aunt and uncle, (his father’s sister and brother-in-law), Isaiah and Mary Ann Pell, and their three children, in one of a row of small cottages on Alma Terrace, just off Meeting Street (now demolished). It would also appear that his two young half-brothers; George William Stanley Wright aged 8 and Frederick Cyril Wright aged 7, were living there too. It must have been very crowded with eight people in the small ‘two up, two down’ cottage.

When Albert was 21, he married 19 year old Elsie Hyman from Barrow Road, in Quorn Church, on the 23rd February 1913. His occupation was recorded as a ‘shoe hand’. The couple moved to Castledine Street and had two children; Nora in 1913 and Charles Albert Henry in 1916.

Killed in action
After war broke out Albert joined the Leicestershire Regiment (7th Battalion), and like so many others, found himself fighting on the Western Front. He died on the 14th July 1916, but his body was never recovered. His young wife was informed that he was missing when she was expecting their second child. Baby Charles was born in October 1916 and named Charles Albert Henry after his father, but it was not until he was 9 months old, in July 1917, that his father’s death was finally confirmed.

Remembering Albert
The Loughborough Echo on 29th June 1917 reported on the memorial service held for Albert on Sunday 24th June 1917 at Quorn Methodist Church:
“A Memorial Service was held at the Wesleyan Chapel on Sunday evening, to the late Mr G P Jones and Pte H Wright. Mr G P Jones was one of the trustees of the chapel and also a generous supporter of the cause. Pte Henry Wright was a worshipper at the chapel, and was killed in France. The preacher was Mr W R Hambleton, and Mrs Clarke officiated at the organ, and at the conclusion of the service played the Dead March. The buglers of the local CLB [Church Lads Brigade] sounded the Last Post. The local troop of Scouts attended under Scoutmaster E Stocks.”

After the war Albert was awarded three medals; the 1914–15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. The set together are colloquially known as Pip, Squeak and Wilfred. The photographs of the medals below (below the photograph of Albert himself), are the actual ones awarded to him, and are engraved with his name, regiment and service number. They were sent to Elsie, who looked after them, and eventually passed them on to her children. They remain in the Wright family today.

Albert’s name appears on the Thiepval Memorial in France.

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 Submitted on: 2020-01-11
 Submitted by: Sue Templeman with many thanks to Gill Wright
 Artefact ID: 2269
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