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21 Feb 1882
Nottingham
Edward Leslie was the son of Thomas and Mary Moises Wright (née Sang). Thomas was an architect and surveyor on his own account. His father was born in Stamford, Lincolnshire, in about 1850. His mother was born in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1858 (J/A/S Newcastle), the daughter of William Sang. They were married at Nottingham All Saints on 30 June 1874 and had nine children who were all born in Nottingham: Caroline Moises b. 2 January 1876 bap. St Nicholas 8 February 1876; Bessie Mary b. 11 February 1877 bap. St Nicholas 15 April 1877; Thomas Ernest b. 11 September 1878 bap. St Nicholas 13 October 1878; Evelyn Fanny b. 16 August 1880 bap. St Nicholas 26 May 1880; Edward Leslie b. 21 February 1882 bap. St Nicholas 22 March 1882; William John b. 1884 bap. All Saints 4 June 1884; Henry Gordon b. 28 May 1886 bap. Holy Trinity 23 June 1886; Octavia Grace b. 5 November 1888 bap. Holy Trinity 2 December 1888 and Amy Kathleen b. 27 September 1890 bap. Holy Trinity 22 October 1890. Thomas and Mary were living at 1 Alma Terrace when their daughters Caroline and Bessie were baptised and at 8 Forest Grove when their next two children were baptised in 1878 and 1880. Thomas and Mary moved house frequently and by 1881 they were living at 16 Balmoral Road, Nottingham, on Clinton Avenue by the time of Octavia's baptism in 1888 and then at Hamilton Road in 1891. However, by 1901 the family home was at 77 Loughborough Road, West Bridgford, where Thomas and Mary were still living in 1911 with just three of their nine children, Thomas, an architect's assistant who was working with his father, and Octavia and Kathleen who were both day governesses. Edward was working as an architect in Cardiff in 1911 and a boarder at 16 Talbot Street, Cathedral Road, in the household of Charlotte Gibbs, a widow. His parents were living at 77 Loughborough Road when their son Thomas was discharged from the army in 1919 but were at 115 Loughborough Road, West Bridgford, when the later CWGC record of their son Henry Gordon was compiled. Thomas snr. was living in Ruddington when he died on 30 April 1926. Probate was awarded to his son William John, a clerk in holy orders, and his son-in-law Stanley Yorke Williams, the husband of his daughter Evelyn. His widow, Mary, was also living in Ruddington when she died two years later on 2 November 1928. Probate was awarded to her unmarried daughters Bessie and Octavia. For details of Edward's surviving siblings see the record of his brother Henry Gordon Wright on this Roll of Honour. Edward married Ethel May Elliott (b. 5 July 1884), a technical school teacher, at St Mary's Castle Church, Stafford, on 12 July 1911. Ethel was the daughter of James and Hannah Elliott; the famiy lived in Stafford. Edward later obtained a post as architect assistant with Mansfield Corporation and by 1914 they were living in Mansfield at 30 King Edward Avenue. However, by the time the CWGC record was compiled, his widow was living at 'The Cedars', Tillington, Stafford. There were no children of the marriage.
He was an architect who was working in Cardiff in 1911 but was later an architect assistant with Mansfield Corporation. He was an Associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects.
03 Jul 1917
35
105600 - CWGC Website
DM2/206856
Driver
594th Motor Transport Coy Army Service Corps
Royal Army Service Corps: 594th Mechanical Transport Coy. attd. X Corps Heavy Artillery. He joined the Transport Service in September 1916 and served with the BEF France/Flanders from January 1917. He died on 3 July 1917 at 4th London Field Ambulance of wounds received in action the same day. He was buried in Bus House Cemetery (grave ref. G.14. Cemetery). CWGC - Bus House Cemetery (extract): 'This cemetery stands behind a farm-house that was called "Bus House" by the troops during the First World War. It was made in June-November 1917, but one grave of January 1915 was brought in during the war, and four more were added in April 1918.'
CWGC headstone personal inscription: 'Christ's faithful soldier and servant' His brother, Captain Henry Gordon Wright, 8th Bn Sherwood Foresters, was killed on 6 June 1915 at Kemmel. (See record on this Roll of Honour) Mansfield Reporter, 20 July 1917: ‘Mansfield Corporation Official Killed in France. Edward Leslie Wright ARIBA, architect assistant to the Mansfield Corporation, brother of Captain Wright of Nottingham, who was killed some time ago in France, and who resided in King Edward Avenue, has made the supreme sacrifice. He joined the Motor Transport Section, and after being at Grove Park proceeded to France some months age. News was received in Mansfield a week ago that he was killed on the 3rd. Inst. He was 34 years of age, came to Mansfield four years ago, and leaves a widow. His parents reside at West Bridgford.’ UK de Ruvingny's Roll of Honour: ‘His commanding officer wrote: ‘He is a great loss to the column, being always cheerful and willing, however difficult the work he had to do. It is a very strange thing that it is always the best men who are taken.’' Probate: Wright Edward Leslie of 30 King Edward-avenue Mansfield Nottinghamshire private in HM Army died 3 July 1917 in Belgium Probate Nottingham 26 February to Ethel May Wright widow. Effects £194 3s. 1d.
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  • Buried at Bus House Cemetery
    Edward Leslie Wright - Buried at Bus House Cemetery