Private Arthur Wright Killed in Action, 1914

Private Arthur Wright, of the 2nd East Surrey Regiment, was killed in action on April 28th 1915. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Wright, he had two sisters, Edith and Bertha, and from employment at Wolverton Works he was the first from the village to enlist, at Northampton in August 1914. Sent to Devonport, there he transferred to the East Surreys, and subsequent to being sent to the Front on March 6th he became noted for his courage and bravery in the trenches. The news of his death had been conveyed by a comrade, who, finding the address on some correspondence, sent the letters of the deceased, and his watch, to Private Wright’s sister. Having contacted the Reverend Easson, the vicar of Chicheley, whilst in London on Friday, May 21st 1915 she then called at the War Office to confirm the news. A keen sportsman, Private Wright had been in the church choir for many years, and although the bellringers wanted to ring a muffled peal, the parents preferred this not to be done. The memorial service took place on Wednesday, May 19th 1915, and in a continued remembrance in 1919 Private Wright’s family would post the following verse in the local press;

“Four years have passed since that sad day.

When our great sorrow fell;

Still in our hearts we mourn the loss

Of one we loved so well.

He sleeps beside his comrades.

In a hallowed grave unknown;

But his name is written in letters of love,

In the hearts he left at home.”