WRIGHT, George Atthow [M.M.]

43529, Private, George Atthow WRIGHT M.M.
Aged 25

7th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment
formerly 2893, Pte, Norfolk Yeomanry, attached Suffolk Regt.
Killed in Action on Friday, 28th September 1917

George WRIGHT was born at Great Walsingham Mill House on 25th December 1891 (Walsingham Q1-1892 4B:290), baptised on 7th February 1892, son of Herbert and Agnes Ann WRIGHT (née ATTHOW).

1901 census...Aged 9, he was at Mill House, Scarborough Road, Great Walsingham with his father Herbert WRIGHT [40]. miller/baker/grain merchant; his mother Agnes A [44] born in Great Massingham; brother Herbert J [12] and sister Olive M [5]. All were born in Great Walsingham except his mother.

He was educated at Walsingham Grammar School and East Anglian School, Bury St.Edmunds.

1911 census...Aged 19, he was a miller, assisting his father and uncle Walter, still at the Mill House with his parents. He was still there, on the electoral roll for 1915

He enlisted in Cromer. The badge in his photograph is of the Norfolk Yeomanry. Unfortunately a computer burn out took with it my record of the donor of the photograph

The war diary: Battalion had taken over trenches from the 21st Northumberland Fusiliers on 26th (SW of Hargicourt). On 28th "at stand to" this morning the enemy artillery was fairly active on front line and Battalion HQ. Casualties 1 OR killed 3 OR wounded.

George was of course that unlucky one Other Rank. No citation has been found for his Military Medal .

photo: Simon Knott via norfolkchurches.co.uk

His plaque in Little Walsingham Methodist Chapel

photo: Rodney Gibson

George Wright is buried in Tincourt New British Cemetery, grave 6:J:23
and commemorated in Great Walsingham.

click here to go to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website for full cemetery/memorial details