Other names: William Thomas
Locations in this story: ShaftesburyFrance & FlandersAval Wood Military CemeterySt. James' Church, ShaftesburySt. Peter's Church, ShaftesburyHoly Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
Story: William Thomas Wright was born in 1899 in Shaftesbury. He was the son of Henry Wright, a "Groom to Horse Dealer", and Eliza Wright. The family lived in Enmore Green. By the time of the 1911 Census he was single, a scholar and living at 72 St. James, Shaftesbury, Dorset. He enlisted as a Private in the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. (Service No. 41253). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 30th June 1918 and was buried at Aval Wood Military Cemetery (grave id. I.BB.14). He is remembered on the Park Walk and St. James’ War Memorials. He also appears on the Roll of Honour inside St. James’ Church and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury.