WALTER WHITMORE WRIGHT

Image courtesy of Rosemary.

 

Born: 29th April 1889, 7, Stevenson Road, Ipswich.

Died: 23rd August 1917; age 28; KiA.

Residence: The Beeches, Hadleigh Road, Ipswich.

Occupation: Walter served his articles as an architect, and afterwards took up motor engineering.

In 1915, Walter joined the Artist’s Rifles O.T.C., and from there transferred to the Royal Garrison Artillery, receiving a commission in December 1916. Walter went out to France in February 1917.

 

Rank: Lieutenant; Service Number: 54767

Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery, 276th Siege Battery.

 

Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.

 

Grave Reference:

III. D. 18.

The Huts Cemetery,

Leper,

West Vlaanderen,

Belgium.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Henry John & Mary Susan Wright, of Ashmoor, Highfield Road, Felixstowe.

 

CENSUS

 

1891   7, Stevenson Road, Ipswich.

 

Walter was a year old and living with his parents & sister.

Henry John Wright, 41, an Architect & Surveyor – own account, born Aldeburgh, Suffolk.

Mary Susan Wright (nee Burch), 30, born Campsea Ash, Suffolk.

Freda Gertrude Wright, 9 months, born Ipswich.

 

1901   The Beeches, Sproughton, Suffolk.

 

Walter was 11 years old and living with his parents & his sisters.

Henry, 51, an Architect & Surveyor – own account.

Mary, 40.

Miriam Elsie Wright, 8, born Sproughton.

Gwyneth Muriel Wright, 6, born Sproughton.

1 general domestic servant.

 

1911   The Beeches, Hadleigh Road, Sproughton.

 

Walter was 21, an Architect’s Assistant. He was living with his parents & sisters.

Henry, 61, an Architect & Surveyor – Samford Rural District Council.

Mary, 49.

Freda, 20.

Gwyneth, 16.

1 visitor

1 general domestic servant.

 

Walter attended Ipswich School – entered 1902 – left 1905.

 

Mr. and Mrs. Henry J. Wright, of The Beeches, Hadleigh Road, Ipswich, have received the sad news that their only son, 2nd Lieut. W. Whitmore Wright was killed in action in France on the 23rd August , where he had been since Christmas. His Captain writes to the bereaved parents as follows:- “Allow me to sympathise deeply with you and yours over the terrible loss you have sustained. Only the God above us, his parents, relations and friends who knew him can know what that loss is. He has been my great pal ever since joining the battery, has slept in the same dug-out night after night with me, we have been through bad times together, always his good natured, cheery courage helping me when it was most needed, and now he is gone. Every single man and officer in the battery is feeling the great grief which has come upon us and wish to add their deepest sympathy to mine.”

 Image from 1917 Chronicle newspaper.

Walter is also remembered on the Ipswich School Chapel war memorial and on the war memorial at All Saint’s Church, Sproughton.

 

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Royal Garrison Artillery, 276th Siege Battery

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