William is remembered on the Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies, Orwell Works war memorial. Now sited at The Museum of East Anglian Life.


Born: 8th August 1884, Needham Market, Suffolk.

Died: 17th July 1916; age: 31; KiA.

Enlistment Location: Needham Market, Suffolk.

Date of Entry Therein: 28th February 1915 – France.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 2813.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.


Memorial Reference:

Pier & Face 1C & 2A.

Thiepval Memorial,






1891   High Street, Meeting Yard, Needham Market, Suffolk.


William was 6 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Edward Wilden, 44, a General Labourer, born Needham Market.

Sarah Ann Wilden (nee Wright), born Needham Market.

Laura Wilden, 12, born Needham Market.

Kate Elizabeth Wilden, 11, born Needham Market.

(Jenny) Jane Wilden, 10, born Needham Market.

Harry Wilden, 8, born Needham Market.

Walter Wilden, 3, born Needham Market.


1901   Barking, Suffolk.


William was 16 years old, a General Labourer. He was living with his parents, siblings & niece.

Edward, 55, a Gamekeeper.

Sarah, 51.

Walter, 13.

Kate Hearn, 21.

Alice Jane Wright, 6, born Ipswich.


1911   261, Cavendish Street, Ipswich.


William was 26 years old, a Foundry Labourer – Manufacturer of Agricultural Implements. He was living with his brother, sister-in-law, nieces & nephews.

Jack William Wright, 41, a Foundry Labourer – Manufacturer of Agricultural Implements, born Needham Market.

Alice Wright, 36, born Needham Market.

Elsie Laura E. Wright, 14, an Apprentice Dressmaker, born Ipswich.

Ellen Mary Wright, 12, born Ipswich.

Jack William Thomas Wright, 11, born Ipswich.

Benjamin Brooks Wright, 9, born Aldershot, Hampshire.

Harry Edward Wright, 7, born Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Robert Charles Wright, 5, born Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Ethel Ruby Wright, 3, born Ipswich.

Edith Lilian Wright, 7 months, born Ipswich.


William’s mother, Sarah Ann Wilden, died 1904, Needham Market.


Soldiers’ Effects to Kate E. James – sister.


William is also remembered on the war memorial at St. John The Baptist Burial Ground, Needham Market, Suffolk.

Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion

Suffolk Regiment Battalion movements


Friends of The Suffolk Regiment


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