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18 Feb 1919
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Soldier or Civilian
Pte Harry Wright, 111498, 44th Royal Fusiliers, died from pneumonia in the No 30 General Hospital at Calais on February 18th, 1919. He had returned to France from home leave on February 8th, and was admitted to hospital four days later. He had been expecting his discharge from the Army.
Chaplain, the Rev P. Rigby, writing to widow Alice Emily Wright at her parents' home at 60 Dumfries Street, Luton, said: “I am exceedingly sorry to inform you that Harry passed away on Tuesday night. I had left camp on Monday to attend a meeting of chaplains in Calais, and yesterday I found Harry had died during my absence. The pneumonia gained upon him, and he had not strength to help him through the crisis.
“The hospital orderly came for me about midnight on Tuesday, but to my great regret I was not here or, of course, I should at once have gone to him.
“He will be buried in the British Military Cemetery at Les Baraques, Calais. It is situated on the nearest point of France to the English coast, and on clear days one can easily see across the Channel to Dover.”
Pte Wright joined the Forces in March 1916. After a short period of training in England he was drafted to France, where he saw much fighting.
At the time of the 1911 Census, Harry was a straw hat blocker working for his father Walter at 19 Old Bedford Road, Luton. He married Alice Emily Lawrence in Luton in 1916.