George Wright of Witney

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  1. Daft Bat

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    The CWGC can only post such details if they have them. Unfortunately, such information has not always been made available to them. :(
     
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    mugwortismy cat Tenacious to the End!

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    I believe if you can document such information they will be prepared to look at it and update as appropriate; perhaps euryalus is considering this for when he has finished his researching [? no pressure :)]


    I want to tell them about a wrong age they have (I think it is just a typo, they have 61 instead of 16) but I'm not sure they will accept my logic [and the internal logic of their already existing data] that a 61 year old can't be the daughter of the named mother who died that same day aged 40 something, I can point them at the death index but I don't know if that is good enough and I don't want to purchase certificates as she is not a relation -- I should give it a go though :)
     
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    The Kings Royal Rifle Corps has a webpage. I had a look around it but couldn't find anywhere to search. You would expect that they would have archive records available.
     
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    I found one Newspaper article in 1917 Australia "Honoring Soldiers". It mentions L Corp George Wright at the beginning of the article. I am afraid that it does not offer any additional information. I didn't know how to add it to this thread so I added it to my album. I couldn't find his name mentioned in any English Newspapers. I have just gone back and enlarged the article to see if I could read it better. It is not the George Wright that you are looking for - sorry about that.
     
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    George Wright is not mentioned by Jacqui Broome in her unpublished study of the Witney war dead, and he does not appear in the new book by Jeff Clements which was published last year (Remembered: the men on the war memorials of Witney, Crawley and Hailey. Vol 1: 1914-1919). So he remains something of a mystery.
     
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    The Oxfordshire FHS transcript of Witney St Mary parish registers has a baptism on 15 February 1884 of a George, son of Harriet Wright. No age or date of birth is given in the transcript, but this could well be a late baptism for 'our' George.

    I haven't yet spotted a baptism for Ellen Wright. On the 1871 census (RG 10/1452, f.80, p.23) she was 7 months old, and shown as the granddaughter of Caleb Wright. I suspect she was Harriet's child too.

    Harriet, daughter of Caleb & Ann Wright, of Newland, labourer, was baptised at Cogges on 10 March 1850. Her parents (both then of Newland) had married at Cogges the previous summer, on 12 August 1849.

    By the time of the 1851 census, Caleb, Ann and 1 year old Harriet were living on Woodgreen (in the part that was in the parish of Hailey; HO 107/1731, f.522, p.5).

    Baptisms for two more children can be found at Holy Trinity, Woodgreen: Emma on 22 April 1855 and George Edward on 1 Nov 1857.

    Caleb's wife died between the 1861 and 1871 censuses, and may well be the 36 year old Ann Wright of Woodgreen who was buried at Holy Trinity on 11 August 1863.

    (All quoted parish register entries are from OFHS transcripts on fiche/CD at Witney library.)
     
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    I managed to check the names on the war memorial yesterday, and George Wright is not included among the Witney war dead. He may of course be on a memorial in the Birmingham area but, if not, he is one of the "uncommemorated".
     
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    Okay, so now I am confused. o_O
     
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    His name is not on the memorial, but he was included in Jacqui Broome's project, which was based upon the names inscribed on the war memorial - she clearly added one or two "extras".
     
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    Now, euralyus, you did not say that in your original post, did you? The sleuths on Genealogy Specialists are very good, but they could have been looking for a completely mythical person. :eek: They all thought, as I did, that the chap's name was on the memorial.

    Thank you for clearing that up. :)
     
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    Hang on - am I missing something? o_O Is the unpublished study the same as the project?
     
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    He is not mythical, and I have only just realised that he was not on the memorial. This makes it even more important that we can find out more about him, with a view to adding his name at some point in the future. Jacqui Broome's project originated in a 1979 study of the Witney war dead which appeared in Record of Witney No.8. George Wright is listed in that article, but he does not appear in a more detailed version which was produced about 10 years later (the unpublished study).
     
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    Ah... I see... thank you. :)
     
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    I found my great uncles name on a war memorial but it wasn't the one that was closest to where he lived, but in an area nearby.
     
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    Sometimes individuals were commemorated on two war memorials, while in other instances their names were not included - much depended upon the wishes of the surviving relatives.
     
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    I have checked Jacqui Broome's article, 'The Roll of Honour', from Record of Witney, Vol. 1 no. 8 (1980), pp.25-30.

    G. Wright is on a list of those whose names are not on the Witney war memorial but are 'recorded elsewhere in the town, such as in St. Mary's School'.

    The original memorial for St Mary's School is at Witney & District Museum, with a copy at the school. A photograph of the memorial, in St Mary's Church of England Infant School, Witney: a History in Pictures (ed. Lynne Granger; Information Press, Eynsham, 2003), includes the name G. Wright.
     

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