The Ordinary Soldier

Reginald Wright

Sapper Reginald Wright 160393, 227th Field Company (Stockton on Tees), Royal Engineers – by his grandson Graham Wright. (Also see photograph in ‘Gallery’)

He died on 28th March 1918 in Bayonvillers, France (I think this may have been when he was killed as there was very heavy machine gun fire, see following extract from war diary of the 227th )

10am Enemy appeared to be advancing from the East Map ref Q34 and NNE Q27a.

Line then under very heavy Machine-gun fire through Bayonvillers to a line facing NE from W1do5 to W8a cent where Company was reorganised.

He was originally buried by the Germans who had overrun the area during the March 1918 offensive (Operation Michael, 21 March – 5 April).

The Australian Burial Unit noted him as “163093 Wright R Wes. British” (presumably taken from the Memorial Cross erected by the Germans).  He is buried in Heath Cemetery, Harbonnieres, the reburial being on 26 May 1919.


Reginald Wright’s family

Reginald had two sisters, Annie and Gertrude and a step brother, Fred. They lived in Woodhouse, Leeds. He married Maud Horsey in March 1913. Maud had 3 brothers and 5 sisters and she was born on the 24th October 1890. She died on the 16th September 1974. They had one son my father, Edward(b Oct 1913). They eventually moved to Trelawn Street in Headingley. He was a plumber by trade and became a partner in Messrs Longfellow and Co, Otley Road, Headingley.

In March 1922 my grandmother married Arthur Gary (one of 14 children, he had fought at Passchendaele) and they had two children, Harry Gray and Dorothy Gray and he worked at Meanwood Tannery. My father Edward Wright went to school in Leeds and became a tailor’s cutter by trade. This man was my hero!! He joined the armed forces when the 2nd World War broke out. He served in the Middle East, North Africa, Egypt and Italy.


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Positions - 1st Battle of Ypres

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Pte A. Stringer’s grave in Perth Cemetery (China Wall)

Menin Gate Panel 11

A detail of Panel 11 of the Memorial with Joe’s friend Fellowes among those without a grave.

Army map of 1st Ypres October, 1914

Army map of 1st Ypres 29th October, 1914 – source, copy in the 'In Flanders Fields Museum', with permission. Where Joseph Garvey was captured is circled.

The Scots Guards Listed on Panel 11 on the Menin Gate

The Scots Guards are listed on Panel 11 on the Menin Gate. Just some of the 58,000 fallen who could not be identified.