Other names: Richard James
Locations in this story: Swallowcliffe, WiltshireDonhead St. Andrew, WiltshireWindsor, BerkshireFrance & FlandersBolivia, South AmericaCarlisle, Cumberland
Story: Richard James Wright was born in Swallowcliffe, Wiltshire, on 1 Oct 1891 and baptised there on 1 Nov 1891 the son of Henry Arthur Wright and Rose Rebbeck Wright (nee Hiscocks). By 1901 he was living with his family at Fern Farm, Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire, and later, by 1911, he was boarding out in Windsor, Berkshire, where he was a Hosiery Assistant. He had enlisted and joined the Army Service Corps as a Private (Service No. M2/049724). He served in France and Flanders from 25 Jul 1915 and was apparently promoted to Acting Corporal whilst there. He was discharged early and later awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star. He sailed for Bolivia, South America, on 19 Jan 1917 and on his return on 8 Mar 1922 was accompanied by his wife, Elsie Mary Wright, who he had married whilst abroad. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 'Langdale', Durdar Road, Carlisle, Cumberland, working as a Drapery Store Manager. He died in Carlisle on 29 Apr 1959. His brother, Hubert Arthur Wright MC, also served during the conflict.