CEF Soldier Detail

Private Edward Leonard Wright
Died: October 25, 1916

Regimental Number:
127640
Survived War:
No
Force:
Army
Regiment:
Canadian Infantry
Battalion:
44th Battalion
Company:
Place of Birth:
London
Country:
England
Next of Kin:
Daisy Lee 38 Gordon Road,Bouncos Road Edmonton London England
Address at Enlistment:
5 Givins Street Woodstock, Ontario
Date of Birth:
March 29, 1896
Trade or Calling:
Farmer
Marital Status:
Single
Prior Military Experience:
No
Place of Enlistment:
Woodstock Ontario
Date of Enlistment:
December 9, 1915
Age at enlistment:
19
Height:
5 Feet 3 Inches
Chest:
34 1/4 Inches
Expansion:
2 Inches
Religion:
Church of England
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Enlisted
Saw service in:
Europe    
Cause of Death:
Died in War, unknown cause
Battle Died/Wounded:
Date of Death:
October 25, 1916
Age at Death:
20
Buried at:
Vimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, France
Plot:
N/A
Commemorated:
http://bhc-who-died-in-the-first-world-war.silk.co/page/127640
 
Prisoner of war:
No
Interned:
Gender:
Male
Ethnic Origin:
Not Specified
LAC Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 1Box 1Box 10596-22
Canadian Virtual War Memorial
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Rank Regiment Unit Company
Private Canadian Infantry 44th Battalion

 Edward Leonard Wright was actually born in 1897 not 1896. He was  the son of 41 year old James William Wright and 43 year old Lucy Jane(Connell) Wright who in 1901 were living in Edmonton Enfield Lock,Middlesex England with their 6 children Lucy(19),James(19),George(15), Daisy(10), Leonard(3) and Berty(11 months). After the death of their Mother Lucy the  younger children were taken away and sent to Canada. On 22 July 1910 a 14 year old Leonard Wright and 10 year old sister Lily Elizabeth "Betty" Wright and 12 year old brother Albert"Bertie" Wright leaves Liverpool England on the ship Virginian in a group of children led by Mr Merry that arrive in Quebec City on 29 July 1910 for final Destination  the Annie Macpherson Homes in Stratford Ontario. In 1910 Leonard Wright is placed in the household of Ella and Edward Murr of McKillop Huron South , Ontario. and in 1915 with Alex Cochrane who lived in Listowel Ontario . On 9 December 1915 a 19 year old Edward Leonard Wright enlists in the 71st Canadian Expeditionary Battalion that was authorized on 1 April 1916 and mobilized in Woodstock Ontario.Private Wright leaves from England on 1 April 1916 and Private Wright is transferred to the 44th Manitoba Battalion by the 30 September 1916. Other 71st Battalion soldiers were transferred  by 30 September 1916 to the 54th and 74th Battalions and the 71st Battalion CEF was disbanded on 11 April 1918.On 25  October 1916 former Annie Macpherson Home Child 20 year old Private Edward L Wright is killed in Action in the area of the Somme, Picardy France as a member of the 44th(Manitoba) CEF Battalion, 10th Infantry Brigade, 4th Canadian Division.

His younger brother 126033 Albert "Bertie" Edward Wright lied his age and enlisted in the 71st Battalion in Woodstock Ontario on 1 September 1915 and died in Clinton Ontario 25 October 1983