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Arthur was traced from family notices placed in the Nottingham Evening Post in September 1916 and September 1917 to commemorate Arthur and his brother George Edward who was killed in action on 25 September 1915 (see 'Extra Information). George's CWGC record gives the information that he was the son of 'Mr and Mrs Edward Wright of Nottingham' but no next of kin information is given on Arthur's record. The family notices give Arthur's name as 'Arthur Wright (Bloomer)' but the name 'Bloomer' is not mentioned on his CWGC record. It is probable that his father Edward Wright married Annie Beales in 1875 (J/F/M Mansfield Nottinghamshire) and that they had at least four children: Edith b. Mansfield 1879 (J/A/S Mansfield), George Edward b. Huntingdon 1883 (J/A/S Huntingdon), John (Jack) b. Birmingham 27 July 1885 (J/A/S Peterborough Northants) and Arthur b. Birmingham 1887 (J/A/S Birmingham). All the birth records give the mother's maiden name as Beales. The subsequent family history suggests that one or both parents died before 1901. In 1901 Arthur (13) was living at 7 March Street, Nottingham, with his sister Edith and her husband Thomas Whyley Wright (30), a railway fireman. By 1911 at the age of 24 and working as a labourer, he was living at a lodging house, 1 Vat Street, Red Lion Street, Nottingham. He was still at the same address when he attested in December 1915. Of his siblings: Edith married Thomas Whyley Wright in 1898 (J/F/M Nottingham) and in 1901 they and Arthur (13) were living at 7 March Street, Nottingham. By 1911 they had moved to 20 Midland Crescent, Nottingham, and had had two children, only one of whom survived, Edith Ann (9). Thomas was now working as a railway engine driver. Arthur named Edith as his next of kin when he attested in 1915; she was then living at 113 Rupert Street, Meadows, Nottingham. George Edward was 17 years old when he was recorded on the 1901 Census living in Nottingham as a boarder in the household of Harry and Clara Keys. The occupation of both George and Harry Keys was given as 'bottler (stout)'. George married Ethel Thompson in 1905 (J/F/M Nottingham) and they had two children Ethel Doris b. 1905 (J/A/S Nottingham) and George Arthur b. 1907 (A/M/J Nottingham) died 1907 (J/A/S Nottingham). However, the couple had separated by 1911 when he was recorded living at 70 Rupert Street, Meadows, Nottingham, in the household of Mary Ann Powner (62 b. Abbots Bromley), a widow who was working as a midwife. His brother John and his wife and child were also in the household. George served with the Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own) and was killed on 25 September 1915 at the age of 32. His address was given as 113 Rupert Street, Meadows, the home of his married sister Edith. George is commemorated on the Meadows St George, Nottingham St Mary and Radford St Peter parish memorials. (For further details see his record on this ROH) John married Beatrice Ellen (nee Powner) in 1910 (A/M/J Nottingham) and in 1911 they and their son John Edward (4 months) were living at 70 Rupert Street, Meadows, Nottingham, in the household of a widow, Mary Ann Powner (62 b. Abbots Bromley), who was a midwife. Also in the house on the night of the census was John's brother George who was separated from his wife, Ethel. John and Beatrice were to have three children, John b. 1910, Leonard b. 1914 and George b. 1918. At the time of the 1939 England & Wales Register John and Beatrice were living at Netherfield, Nottingham, with their youngest son George. John died in 1941.
He was a labourer in 1911 and following the same occupation when he attested in 1915
01 Jun 1916
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2750327 - CWGC Website
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1 Vat Place, Red Lion Street, Nottingham
Private
3/8th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Arthur's army service record survives. He attested on 10 December 1915, less than two months after his brother George had been killed in action in France. He transferred to the Army Reserve the following day and then was moblized and posted in March 1916. The family notices placed in the local paper give the information that Arthur was killed accidentally on 1 June 1916; his service record confirms that he died at College Hospital, Louth, from a fractured skull. Arthur was buried in Nottingham Church (Rock) Cemetery (Beech 742).
Personal inscription CWGC headstone, 'Fondly Remembered' Arthur named his married sister Edith as his next of kin when he attested in 1915. She was then living at 113 Rupert Street, Meadows, Nottingham, the address given for their brother George when he was killed in 1915. Nottingham Evening Post, ‘In Memoriam’, 25 September 1916: ‘Wright. In loving memory of Rifleman George Edward Wright, killed in action, September 25th, 1915, brother of Private Arthur Wright (Bloomer), Sherwood Foresters, accidentally killed June 1st, 1916. Only missed by those who loved them most. From his brother Jack and sister Edith.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, ‘In Memoriam’, 25 September 1917: ‘Wright. In loving memory of my dear brothers, Rifleman George Edward Wright, killed in action September 25th, 1915, brother to Private Arthur Wright (Bloomer), Sherwood Foresters, accidentally killed June 1st, 1916. Never will their memory fade. Loving brother Jack and sister Edith.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)
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