ALBERT GEORGE WRIGHT


 

Born: 4th January 1878, Candewdon, Essex.

Died: 15th October 1914; age 37; Drowned in the North Sea when H.M.S.’Hawke’ was sunk by a German submarine U 9 .

Enlistment Location: Chatham; Signed up for 12 years – 4th January 1896. Occupation: Milk Boy. Height: 5ft, fresh complexion, blue eyes & dark hair.

 

Service:

Impregnable – Boy 2nd Class – 18th May 1895

Impregnable – Boy 1st Class – 17th May 1894 – 3rd September 1894

Boscawen – Boy 1st Class – 4th September 1894 – 31st October 1894

Thunderer – Boy 1st Class – 1st November 1894 – 17th April 1895

Sans Pareil – Boy 1st Class – 18th April 1895 – 27th May 1895

Ruby – Boy 1st Class – 28th May 1895 – 9th October 1895

Champion – Boy 1st Class – 10th October 1895 – 16th October 1895

Pembroke I – Boy 1st Class – 17th October 1895

Pembroke I – Ordinary Seaman – 4th January 1896 – 10th January 1896

Blenheim – Ordinary Seaman – 11th January 1896 – 11th February 1897

Ramirez I – Ordinary Seaman – 12th February 1897 – 7th June 1897

Leander – Ordinary Seaman – 8th June 1897

Leander – Able Seaman – 1st July 1898 – 15th January 1901

Pembroke – Able Seaman – 16th January 1901

Pembroke – Leading Seaman – 8th March 1901 – 19th March 1901

Wildfire – Leading Seaman – 20th March 1901 – 6th November 1901

Pembroke I – Leading Seaman – 7th November 1901 – 15th November 1901

Amphitrite – Leading Seaman – 16th November 1901 – 20th March 1902

Pembroke I – Leading Seaman – 21st March 1902 – 9th April 1902

Galatea – Leading Seaman – 10th April 1902

Galatea – Petty Officer 2nd Class – 18th September 1902 – 10th February 1903

Dido – Petty Officer 2nd Class – 11th February 1903 – 11th September 1904

Pembroke – Petty Officer 2nd Class – 12th September 1904 – 14th September 1904 – Shore Purchase.

Character – Very Good.

 

Joined the Royal Fleet Reserve – Chatham – 15th September 1904.

Re-enrolled 3rd July 1909 – for 5 years.

 

Hawke – Petty Officer 2nd Class – 7th August 1914 – 15th October 1914.

 

Rank: Petty Oficer 2nd Class; Service Number: 173141 (RFR/CH/B/2091)

Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M.S. ‘Hawke’.

 

Memorial Reference:

1.

Chatham Naval Memorial,

Chatham,

Kent.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of James & Emily Wright, of Poors Cottage, Canewdon, Rochford, Essex.

 

CENSUS

 

1881   Cottage, Canewdon, Essex.

 

Albert was 3 years old and living with his parents 7 siblings.

James Wright, 43, a Labourer, born Canewdon.

Emily Wright (nee Whitwell), 42, born Canewdon.

Jael Wright, 12, born Canewdon.

James Wright, 10, born Canewdon.

Gertrude Wright, 7, born Canewdon.

Harry Wright, 6, born Canewdon.

 

1891   Canewdon Street, Canewdon, Essex.

 

Albert was 13 years old, a Farm Labourer. He was living with his widowed father.

James, 53, a Farm Labourer.

 

1901   ‘Wildfire’ Gunnery School, Sheerness, Kent.

 

Albert was 23 years old, a Seaman and member of the crew on board ‘Wildfire’ a Royal Naval Gunnery School. Captain – Charles Campbell.

 

1911   ‘Harold Cottage’, Fairfax Drive, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex.

 

Albert was 33 years old, a General Labourer. He was married and Head of the Household.

Rachel, 28, a Pedlar.

 

In 1910, Saffron Walden, Essex, Albert married, Rachael Lydia, born 1883, Leeds, Yorkshire.

 

Albert’s mother, Emily Wright, died September, 1884, Canewdon, Essex.

 

Probate to James Wright – father, a retired Agricultural Labourer, of Parish Row, Canewdon, Essex.

 

Albert is remembered on his parent’s headstone at St. Nicholas Churchyard, Carewdon, Essex.

 H.M.S. ‘Hawke’

H.M.S. ‘Hawke’

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