Born: 1890, Needham Market, Suffolk.
Died: 8th May 1915; age 25; KiA.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Date of Entry Therein: 16th January 1915 – France.
Rank: Lieutenant; Service Number: 8198
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.
West – Vlaanderen,
Relatives Notified & Address: Husband of Laura M. Long (formerly Wright), of 45, Greatfields Road, Barking, Essex.
1891 School Road, Needham Market, Suffolk.
Herbert was 11 months old and living with his parents & siblings.
Daniel Wright, 28, an Agricultural Labourer, born Barking, Suffolk.
Elizabeth Wright (nee Wright), 30, born Needham Market.
William Wright, 7, born Needham Market.
Edith Wright, 1, born Needham Market.
1901 9, Stanley Place, Ipswich.
Herbert was 10 years old and living with his parents and brothers.
Daniel, 39, a General Labourer.
Charles David Wright, 8, born Needham market.
Stanley John Wright, 6, born Needham market.
Samuel Alexander Wright, 3, born Ipswich.
1911 Barrosa Barracks, Stanhope Lines, Aldershot, Surrey.
Herbert was 19 years old, a Soldier, ranked Private in the 2nd Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment.
In 1913, Ipswich, Herbert married Laura Mary Ann Lankester, born June 1887, Ipswich.
They had 1 son:
Herbert James Wright, October 1913, Ipswich.
Herbert became father to Laura’s son and changed his surname to Wright:
Philip Albert Glading Lankester, born May 1911, Ipswich.
Soldiers’ Effects to Laura M. Long – widow.
8th May 1915
The 84th Brigade of the 1st Suffolk Regiment could only muster 1400 men out of the original 6000 on the morning of the 8th May 1915. The men braved the terrible onslaught of the German attack on the Frezenberg Ridge in the Ypres Salient. From the Suffolk Regiment only 1 officer & 29 men returned from the fight.
Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion. 84th Brigade
The Second Battle of Ypres was underway and the 1st Battalion was to suffer over a thousand casualties in six weeks with fierce fighting along the Salient. The Battle of Frezenberg Ridge and Bellewaarde Ridge were to take its toll on the 1st Battalion. At 10:00 a.m on the 8th May, the attack began with heavy shelling from both sides of all calibre, then came a cloud of yellow green poison gas that drifted through the British lines. Blinded and choking men continued to fight on still under a hail of bullets and shell fire. The shelling had cut most of the communication wires, with little information passing through. The exposed roads gave little shelter for the limited supply line. The German attack had overwhelmed the British, by noon the Battalion had 400 casualties with 12 Ipswich men dead and more to be killed or die of wounds in the following weeks.
Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion