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Date of Birth
13 Apr 1886
Date of Death
15 Apr 1917
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Place of Death
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Soldier or Civilian
Pte Arthur Joseph Wright, 33833, 8th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, was killed in action near Loos in France on April 15th, 1917. He left a widow, Florence Caroline, and a three-year-old son, Sidney, residing at 6 Clarendon Road, Luton.
Pte Wright was killed instantly by a shell which burst through the parapet of his trench two days after his 31st birthday. His last letter home was written on his birthday, but Florence had received no early news as her husband's chums were killed with him.
Arthur was the son of Arthur and Eliza Wright, of 9 Pondwicks Road, Luton, who had recently moved to that address from 1 Brache Street. He was formerly a machinist for hat manufacturers Woolmer and Browning, of Reginald Street, and had married Florence (nee Burgoyne) in 1912. Their son was born a year later.
He joined the Royal Field Artillery at Biscot about a year before his death and was later transferred first to the Essex Regiment and then to the Bedfords. He went to France on New Year's Day 1917.
His name was included on the Luton Roll of Honour and also on the Mount Tabor Primitive Methodist Church Roll of Honour.