Harry William Wright was born in Battersea, south London, in 1890. He was the only son of pianoforte maker and repairer Henry Wright and his wife, Esther. Harry had two sisters, Florence and Mona. In 1911, the family was living at 14 Kensington Gardens, Ilford. Harry was working as a bank clerk.
Harry enlisted with the 1st Battalion, the Gordon Highlanders, in 1914. He was sent to Belgium and was killed in action six days before Christmas, on 19th December 1915. The Battalion war diaries state that: ’18th-19th December saw heavy bombardment, tear gas shells, heavy rifle fire, and very intensive shelling with a number of losses.’ Harry is buried at La Clytte (Klitje) Military Cemetery, Belgium.
Research by Patrick O’Mara and Redbridge Museum
Commonwealth War Graves Commission