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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking his grave at Knightsbridge Cemetery, Mesnil-Martinsart, Somme, France. Photograph Murray Biddle
Person Details
Beeston Nottingham
Joseph was born in Beeston, Nottingham. In the 1911 census he was living as a boarder on Calverton Road, Arnold, with the Hopewell family. He was 16 years of age, single and was a coalminer ganger His family lived on Ellis Yard, Arnold, Nottingham.
He was employed as a coal miner-ganger
03 Sep 1916
21
180707 - CWGC Website
27926
Residence Arnold
Private
17th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
He enlisted at Nottingham into the Sherwood Foresters and joined the 17th (Welbeck Rangers) Battalion of the regiment. At the beginning of September 1916, the battalion was in training near Bertrancourt, but on the 2nd of the month received orders to move into the front line 1500 yards to the south of the village of Beaumont Hamel, on the Somme. At 5.10 am on the morning of the 3rd September, the battalion moved to attack under an artillery barrage. At 6am “A” Company had occupied the first line of German trenches. By 6.10am they discovered that the enemy second line was very strongly held with many machine guns firing a wall of flying lead. Casualties in the part of the battalion were very heavy and reinforcements were requested. At 7.15am two companies of the Kings Royal Rifle Corps moved up to reinforce the attack but the action was against them, the enemy being very strong in both artillery and machine guns. At 2pm orders were given for all to withdraw to their own trenches. Joseph was one of those who went forward that morning but was hit and killed instantly by the heavy hostile machine gun fire of the enemy. He was buried in Knightsbridge Cemetery, Mesnil-Martinsart, France (Plot D. Grave 18).
Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Roll of Honour’, 2 October 1916: ‘Wright. Killed in action, September 3rd, Pte. Joseph Wright, Sherwood Foresters, Ellis-yard, Arnold. Mother and family’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co)
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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking his grave at Knightsbridge Cemetery, Mesnil-Martinsart, Somme, France. Photograph Murray Biddle
    Joseph Ernest Wright - Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking his grave at Knightsbridge Cemetery, Mesnil-Martinsart, Somme, France. Photograph Murray Biddle