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Serjeant Percy Frederick Wright

28 years old on entering 1st Battallion Middlesex Regiment Rifleman 9710

Cambrin

Died on Active Service 25/09/1915

Brother to Kate Wright who was to marry Alfred Marshall after the war.

Percy enlisted or was already in the army, at the beginning of the war. His example is probably what prompted his brother Frank to enlist at such a young age.

 

Name:

WRIGHT, PERCY FREDERICK

Initials:

P F

Nationality:

United Kingdom

Rank:

Serjeant

Regiment/Service:

Middlesex Regiment

Unit Text:

1st Bn.

Age:

29

Date of Death:

25/09/1915

Service No:

9710

Additional information:

Brother of S. Wright, of 33, Barnwell Rd., Brixton, London.

Casualty Type:

Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference:

H. 23.

Cemetery:

CAMBRIN CHURCHYARD EXTENSION



Frank Wright

15 years old on entering

21st Battallion London Regiment (First Surrey Rifles) 650560

Died on Active Service 07/04/1918 Doullens

Brother to Kate Wright who was to marry Alfred Marshall after the war.

It is believed that Frank enlisted at the age of 15 years old, lying as so many did, about his age.

There every reason to believe that he would wish to follow in his brothers footsteps.

The military records regarding Frank are not easy to find.

Surprisingly he survived most of the war and died only in the last half year. He was a special brother to Kate Wright and sorely missed.

 

Name:

WRIGHT

Initials:

F

Nationality:

United Kingdom

Rank:

Rifleman

Regiment/Service:

London Regiment (First Surrey Rifles)

Unit Text:

21st Bn.

Date of Death:

07/04/1918

Service No:

650560

Casualty Type:

Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference:

VI. D. 69.

Cemetery:

DOULLENS COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION No.1



David Thomas Rouch

25 years old on entering

Died on Active Service 03/09/1916

David Rouch was the husband of Florence Marshall, the sister of Alfred Marshall.

For some time, she only knew of him as missing on Active Service. She had two children Leslie and Stella at the time and brought them up on her own. She remarried in 1946 to Lew Pearce. Her brother Alfred was seriously injured in the war and was considered to be on death’s door but for the prayers of the family. Unfortunately, family divisions were created because of religious issues after the war. – See Alfred Marshall.

Name: ROUCH, DAVID THOMAS
Initials: D T
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Rifleman
Regiment/Service: Rifle Brigade
Unit Text: "A" Coy. 16th Bn.
Age: 27
Date of Death: 03/09/1916
Service No: S/17610
Additional information: Husband of Florence M. Rouch, of 20, Maitland Park Villas, Hampstead, London.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 16 B and 16 C.
Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL