Project Description

ARTHUR WRIGHT 1889–1938

Born 7 June 1886 in Radcliffe on Trent and baptised 15 July 1886 at the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel Radcliffe

Married Jane Laycock on 19 February 1918 at Westborough, Scarborough,Yorkshire

Son Frederick born 1920 in Bingham district

Brother of Harry

1891 Census

Age 4, living in Radcliffe with father John 40, a labourer, mother Annie 36 and siblings Elizabeth 13, John 7, Harry 3 and Ernest 1.

1901 Census

Age 14, a nursery gardener, living on Hogg Lane, Radcliffe with widowed father John, a cattle drover, and siblings Elizabeth 23, Samuel 18, a railway engine cleaner, John 16, a railway number taker, Harry 13, a nursery gardener, Ernest 11 and Sarah 9.

1911 Census

Living in Whitwell Hall, Yorkshire, working as a domestic footman to Colonel Aitchison. His future wife Jane Laycock 22, a domestic servant, was also living there.

Military service

Rank: Gunner

Military Unit: 56th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery

Theatre of War: France and Flanders

Service Number: 113251

The following information is from the Military Hospitals Admissions and Discharge Registers, No. 3 Casualty Clearing Station, National Archives reference MH106/371:

19.4.18:  Admitted 36th Field Ambulance with varicocele

20.4.18: To No. 42 Ambulance train

Note: At Arthur’s date of admission No. 3 Casualty Clearing station was based at Grevillers, Pas-de-Calais, France. His military unit was 56th Siege battery, RGA.

Medals Awarded: British War and Victory

Military Personnel Address on 1918 Electoral Roll and Absent Voters List 1918

Main Road, Radcliffe on Trent

1922 Electoral Roll

An Arthur Wright was living at Chapel House, Main Road with wife Jane.

1939 Electoral Register

Address: 185 Norton Street, Nottingham.  Date of birth 7 June 1886.

Occupation: Head porter at hospital and Auxiliary Fire Service, General Hospital.  Household: living with wife Jane born 13 May 1888 and one other person whose record is closed.

Other Information

Both Arthur and Jane were living at 42 Albion Street, Scarborough, Yorkshire at the date of their marriage. His occupation was given as Gunner, RGA (valet).

An A. Wright took employment at Notts. County Asylum (Saxondale, Radcliffe); he is listed in the annual reports of the Asylum as a temporary hall porter who left the hospital at some point after December 1916 to serve with the Royal Garrison Artillery. Given that Arthur Wright was a footman in 1911 and a head hospital porter in 1939 it is possible that he was the A. Wright employed as the hall porter at the Asylum.

It has not yet been possible to determine Arthur’s date of death.  His wife Jane died in 1986 in Nottingham age 98.

Reason for inclusion on the Radcliffe Roll of Honour

Born and lived in Radcliffe on Trent