In 1886 there is a Register of Admissions for Ardwick Certified Industrial School for both Walter Arthur age 8 and his brother William Henry age 10. It seems they had been picked up for stealing cigarette books and their characters described as vagrant and thievish. Their parents were both named and described as ' drunken ' of 17, Billington Street, Clarendon Street, Oxford St Manchester. Both were then detained at the school until they were 16. This seems to me to have been a blessing in disguise for the brothers, as they were educated and taught a trade which would help them when they eventually left. From what I have read about the school it seems to have been well run and the boys were well fed and treated, and in 1883 they had a prize giving which was given a good report in the Manchester City News on July 28th 1883.
1891 Census record. Ardwick Green Industrial School. 75 Ardwick Green Manchester.
1901 Census record. Living in Clare Street, Hulme. Arthur is now 23 and a Decorator and Painter. This seems to be him although says born in Oldham, so not completely confidant about this record.
By 1911 the family are living in Mark Street, Hulme and now have 4 children, Arthur 6, Lily 4, Ivy 2 and Stanley 6 months. They also lost their first born son John in 1903. They went on to have 2 more daughters, May in 1913 and Iris in 1916.
Walter joined the army in 1917 (presume he was conscripted as he would be about 39 by then). I have not been able to trace Walters full WW1 records and presume they were destroyed in WW2 bombing, but he is commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission as he died in a hospital in Edinburgh on 4th May 1918 after being gassed on the Somme about 6 weeks before. He was drafted to 23rd Infantry Labour Coy., The King's (Liverpool Regiment) (77504) and later transferred to Aldershot Command Labour Centre (52655). He is also commemorated in Manchester Southern Cemetery Q. 406 (screen wall). He is also recognised in the National Roll of the Great War where it states that 'he joined in March 1917 and immediately sent to France where he was engaged in important duties in many sectors. He was present during the battle of Arras, Vimy Ridge, Bullecourt, and Ypres (lll) and was gassed on the Somme. He was invalided to Scotland but died in May 1918 due to gas poisoning and was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals'.
According to his daughter Lily, who lived to 98, her mother was able to go to Scotland to be with Walter, although she was expected to help at the hospital while she was there. She apparently stayed for about 2 weeks.
↑ "England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2XXR-T9P : 1 October 2014), Arthur Wright, 1878; from "England & Wales Births, 1837-2006," database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Chorlton, Lancashire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.
↑ Ancestry.com. Manchester, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1915 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.Ancestry uk Record 2960 #2837091
↑ "England, Manchester, Miscellaneous Records, 1700-1916," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KDLB-C2W : 11 February 2018), Walter Arthur Wright, 1886, School enrollment; from various Manchester collections, databases and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Lancashire, England, Manchester Archives and Local Studies.
↑ "England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:26S5-L6X : 13 December 2014), Walter Arthur Wright, 1901; from "England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005," database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1901, quarter 2, vol. 8C, p. 1425, Chorlton, Lancashire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.
↑ "England, Manchester, Parish Registers, 1603-1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FM1D-VZR : 23 July 2019), Walter Arthur Wright and Elizabeth Cross, 8 Apr 1901, Marriage; citing St Mary, Hulme, Lancashire, England, Manchester Central Library, England; FHL microfilm 2,357,356.
↑ Ancestry.com. Manchester, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1930 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.Ancestry uk Record 2962 #3338606
↑ England, The National Roll of the Great War, 1914-1918Image
↑ Military-Genealogy.com, comp. UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008. Ancestry uk Record 1543 #643442
↑ Ancestry.com. UK, Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects, 1901-1929 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. Ancestry uk Record 60506 #673877
↑ Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 9 October 2019), memorial page for Walter Arthur Wright (unknown–9 May 1918), Find A Grave Memorial no. 164691235, citing Southern Cemetery, Chorlton-Cum-Hardy, Metropolitan Borough of Manchester, Greater Manchester, England ; Maintained by Cyndi (contributor 47314338) . Find A Grave: Memorial #164691235
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