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Private George H Wrighton

3/7108 2nd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment

Memorial courtesy of
Mark Hollis, 2014
Son of Mr John & Mrs Mary Wrighton

Aged 20 years

Died 31st October 1914

Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium
Panel 31 & 33.

Born and resided at Rushden, enlisted at Bedford.
The Rushden Echo Friday 27 November 1914, transcribed by Nicky Bates

Rushden Soldier's Silence - No News from Private G Wrighton

It is assumed by his relatives the Private George Wrighton (Rushden), of the Bedfords, is at the front, but no news has been received for nearly eight weeks. The last message he sent was from a camp in England and was to the effect that he was moving and that no further correspondence must be sent to him until he wrote again. The War Office have been communicated with, but no reply has yet been received.

The Rushden Echo Friday 4 December 1914, transcribed by Nicky Bates

Rushden Soldier's Long Silence News Forthcoming? 'Rushden Echo' to the Rescue

Through the instrumentality of the "Rushden Echo" it is possible that news will be received from Pte George Wrighton (Rushden), of the Bedfords. Seeing a report in last week's "Rushden Echo" that nothing had been received by his parents as to the welfare of Private Wrighton, another Rushden soldier, Pte C Magee, writes to say that the Company to which Pte Wrighton belonged has suffered losses. Pte Magee gives a name and address of someone who may be able to enlighten Mr and Mrs Wrighton as to their son's well being. The writer further states that he has undergone an operation on his arm.

Evening Telegraph, Wednesday, 9th December 1914, transcribed by John Collins.

The Best of Everything

Pte. Harry Parker, of Dell-place, Rushden, belonging to the 3rd Beds Regiment, has been wounded in the hand and is now in hospital in London. He writes that he is sorry to hear that George Wrighton, of Cromwell-road, was shot in the back three or four weeks ago. He could not say if Wrighton was dead or alive. Proceeding, he says they need not send him anything as he gets everything of the best. He does not think he will be better for Xmas.
The Wellingborough News Friday 18 December 1914, transcribed by Nicky Bates

No Confirmation of Rushden Private's Wounds

With regard to the report given by Private Harry Parker that Private George Wrighton of Rushden, was wounded, Mrs Wrighton of Cromwell road, his mother, informs us that she has received no message of confirmation from him or the War Office.

The Rushden Echo, 28th May, 1915, transcribed by Jim Hollis

Rushden Soldier Dead? - An Unofficial Intimation - News Wanted

Mr. and Mrs. J. Wrighton, of 53, Cromwell-road, Rushden, are anxious for news of their son, Pte. George Wrighton, 7108, 2nd Beds Regt., as they have heard unofficially that he has died from wounds, in a hospital in France.

Should this meet the eye of any of his comrades who can shed any light on the matter, Mr. and Mrs. Wrighton will be glad if they will write to them.

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