Project Description

EVELYN HENRY WRIGHT 1885–1981

The Wright family

Back row: Edmund, Charles (on rocking horse), Frank
Middle row: Evelyn, Edmund snr, Celia
Front row: Lilla, Sydney, Florence
Photograph from family collection, taken circa 1898

Brother to Edmund, Charles and Sydney

Born 25th May 1885 in Radcliffe on Trent

Baptised 21st June 1885 at St Mary’s Church, Radcliffe on Trent

Married in 1919 to Maud E Shead Bingham district

Daughter Doris E born 1923 in Bingham district

Died 1981 in Hampshire aged 95

1891 Census

Age 5 living with father Edmund 37, born in Radcliffe on Trent, a carrier, mother Celia 34, born in Radcliffe on Trent and brothers Frank 11, Edmund J 12 and Charles B 2, sisters Lilla Celia 3, and Florence M 9 months. Also in the same house were his grandparents John and Ann Bateman and John Walker, a visitor, 80, who was living on his own means, and one domestic servant.  They lived on Main Road, Radcliffe on Trent.

1901 Census

Age 15 employed as an apprentice whitesmith living with father Edmund, mother Celia, brother Frank 21, employed as a traveller for a printer, Edmund J 22, employed as a lithographic printer, sisters Lilla Celia 13 and Florence M 10, and brothers Charles B 7, and Sydney 5.  His grandparents were also still living in the same house.  They lived on Main Road, Radcliffe on Trent.

1911 Census

Age 26 employed as a coal merchant living with father Edmund, mother Celia, sisters Lilla Celia 23, a typist, Florence 20, and brothers Charles Bertie 17, a printer and Sydney Percy also a printer. They lived in an 8 roomed house on Main Road, Radcliffe on Trent.

Military Service

Rank: Sergeant

Service Number: DM2/13549

Military Unit: 972 Mechanical Transport Company, Royal Army Service Corps

Theatre of War: France and Flanders, date of entry 11.5.16; Egypt date of entry 10.8.17.

War service abroad 2 years 6 months

Enlisted: Nottingham 26 October 1915

Age on enlistment: 30 years 5 months. Occupation carrier

Height: 5ft 4½ins, girth 36ins, R of Exp 3ins. Religion: Wesleyan

A letter dated October 23rd 1915 from his employers, The Calthorpe Motor Company, states: ‘We beg to advise you that E H Wright, check no. 212 has left our employ to enlist, should he not be accepted we shall be glad if you will see that he returns to our employ’

2.11.15: Joined Mechanical Transport, ASC at Osterley Park

20.1.16: Passed Motor Learner’s Test Certificate

11.5.16: Expeditionary Force France, 690 Company

6.7.16: Home, training as Mechanical Transport driver, Tractor Dept. ASC Avonmouth,

25.9.16: Appointed acting Lance Corporal (unpaid)

13.12.16: Granted pay of acting Lance Corporal

27.7.17: Appointed paid acting Sergeant

10.8.17: Expeditionary Force Egypt, 972 Company

15.12.17: Promoted Sergeant

5.10.18: Patient in 19th General Hospital, Alexandria suffering from malaria, full course of quinine given but still high temperature

3.11.18: Discharged from hospital

4.12.18: En route home on HMT Trent initially in very rough conditions

16.12.18: Home

6.1.19: Particulars as to Character form:  Employment: Sgt in charge of Caterpillars. Character: Sobriety, very good; very reliable; intelligent; Excellent man; very good power of command and control; tactful in his handling of men. Special Aptitude: Caterpillar driver, Pay 2s 4d per day

19.4.19            Transferred to Army Reserve on demobilisation

E Wright tag

Medals Awarded: British War and Victory

Pension Record Card

Awarded a pension of 9s 4d per week from 7 May 1920–21 June 1921: 20% disability due to debility following malaria. This was reduced to 8/6d,   for a further final 70 weeks. Address Water Lane, Radcliffe on Trent.

Military Personnel Address on 1918 Electoral Register

Whitehall House, Hogg Lane, Radcliffe on Trent

From the 1922 Electoral Register

Address: Water Lane, Radcliffe on Trent

Household: Evelyn Wright was living with his wife Maud Elizabeth

From the 1939 Register

Address: Water Lane, Radcliffe on Trent

Occupation: Motor Driver Corporation Cleansing Dept

Household: living with wife Maud Elizabeth and their daughter Doris

Reason for inclusion on the Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Born, worked and lived in Radcliffe on Trent.