Volunteer Susan Martin has contributed information for this blog post.
William Edward Wright was born in 1895 in Wolverhampton. He was the son of William Edward Wright and Emily (nee Ward). On both the 1901 and 1911 censuses, the family was living at 10 Court, Faulkland Street. He had an older sister Ellen (in 1911 a presser, brass foundry, disengaged) and younger siblings Harry, Martha, Joe and Alfred. His mother had also had two still-born children. Father William was in 1911 a maltster with a brewery. William Edward himself worked as an upholsterer for a furniture manufacturer.
William attended classes run by the Queen Street Congregational Church with other boys from Faulkland Street. He is not mentioned on the Church’s roll of honour for those serving 1914 – 1915 and his medal card shows he did not join the British Expeditionary Force before 1916. He enlisted in Wolverhampton. He served first in the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 20270) and then in the 75th Machine Gun Corps (number 15639). He was killed in action 9th June 1917. His soldier’s effects of £7 11s 10d were sent to his mother
On the 1919 roll of honour printed in the Queen Street Congregational Church Manual he is recorded as WE Wright and on its memorial as William Wright. He is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Panel 56.