Other names: Maurice William
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, DorsetSt. Pancras, LondonPaddington, LondonFrance & FlandersSt. James' Church, ShaftesburyHalf Moon Inn, Shaftesbury
Story: Maurice William Wright was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 28th November 1887 and baptised at St. James Church on 25th December 1887, the son of Sylvester Wallace Wright and Laura Wright (née Young). He spent his early years at the Half Moon Inn where his father was the licensee. By 1911 he had moved to 11 Gower Place, St, Pancras, London, where he was employed as a House Porter in a business house. He enlisted with the 3rd Battalion of the London Regiment as a Private (Service No. 253772) later transferring to the Army Service Corps on 22 Oct 1917 and joining the 1029th Company (Motor Transport). He served in France and Flanders and following his discharge was awarded the Victory and British War medals. By the 1921 Census he was boarding at 49 Grafton Way, St. Pancras, London, W.1. working as a Kitchen Porter for Maple & Co, Furnishers. He married Gladys Martha Thorpe in 1925 in St. Pancras, London. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 47 Grafton Way, St. Pancras, London, working as a Department Store Catering Storekeeper for Maple & Co. His death was registered in the Paddington, London, Registry in 1952. Maurice's brother, Rebbick Leonard Wright, also served in the conflict.