ALBERT and ELIZA WRIGHT - WALKLEY SHEFFIELD 

The 1901 Census shows the WRIGHT family living in Walkley, Sheffield. The parents SAMUEL and MARY JANE lived at home in Providence Road with their four children Ethel (18) Bernard (16) John (14) and Albert (6). Samuel was a razor grinder a trade that was also being pursued by Bernard and John. Both had been at school locally as their school records shows

Wright, Bernard (Student, dob 03 July 1884).
Parent or guardian name(s): Samuel Wright (~), of 142 Providence Rd. Admitted to Bole Hill School, Bole Hill Rd, Walkley, Sheffield, as of 04 May 1896, until 02 July 1897, reason for leaving: F 144. Previously attended Burgoyne Rd Bd.

Wright, John (a) (Student, dob 05 Nov 1886).
Parent or guardian name(s): Samuel Wright (~), of 142 Providence Rd. Admitted to Bole Hill School, Bole Hill Rd, Walkley, Sheffield, as of 04 May 1896, until 09 Sep 1900, reason for leaving: F 144. Previously attended Burgoyne Rd Bd.

Albert's school record is also shown 

Wright, Albert (Student, dob 29 Dec 1894).
Parent or guardian name(s): Samuel Wright (~), of 142 Providence Rd.
Admitted to Bole Hill School, Bole Hill Rd, Walkley, Sheffield, as of 03 Nov 1902, until 20 Dec 1907, reason for leaving: Over Age F 144. Previously attended Bolehill Junior.
 

Ten years later the family was still living at Providence Road but this time at no 145. Samuel and his sons Bernard John and Albert were all razor grinders still and all living at home. Also living with them was their elder married sister ANNIE and her two sons ALBERT and SAMUEL. Her married name was FENTON. But what was the saddest part of the census was MARY JANE gave birth to 14 children in their 34 year old marriage but only 5 were still living. Nine had died!

On a nearby road lived the family of GEORGE and SARAH GODDARD. Sarah had nine children in the 18 year marriage and the seven who survived were living with their parents in Bell Hagg Road. George's occupation is given as scissor grinder.  

Their eldest daughter ELIZA also attended the local school, the same school as ALBERT WRIGHT

Goddard, Eliza (Student, dob 16 Mar 1895).  Parent or guardian name (s): George Wm. Goddard (~), of 21 Goddard St.
Admitted to Bole Hill School, Bole Hill Rd,Walkley, Sheffield, as of '6 Jun 1904,  until 25 Feb 1907, reason for leaving: Trans to Burgoyne Rd. Previously attended Bole Hill Jun.      Remarks: Std VII.

They in all probability knew each other from childhood and in late 1914 they married.

Marriages Dec 1914 - Goddard Eliza A Wright Ecclesall B. 9c 797 Wright Albert Goddard Ecclesall B. 9c 797 

It may have been a hastily arranged marriage because soon after the wedding ELIZA gave birth to a son ALBERT named after his father

Births Dec 1914 Wright Albert Goddard Ecclesall B. 9c 788 

The indications are that ALBERT was a reservist in the British Army. I have been unable to locate his service record but the movements of the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (10 Btn KOYLI) are given in Note 1. But what we do know is that Albert's battalion were on the front-line on 1st July 1916 and went over the top in the first wave - see note 2. But in the advance ALBERT went missing and was later posted as being killed in action. They did not find a body and ALBERT is remembered on the Theipval memorial.

The shock and grief that his death caused can be seen in these heartbreaking notices his wife Eliza and family published in the local press

 

  

Image from Photographs from the Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 1914-1917 vol. 3 (Local Studies 940.43 SSTQ)

3/1135 Albert Wright 10th Bn Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Son of Samuel and Mary Wright of 145 Providence Road Walkley. Husband of E A Wright of 6/4 Bole Hill Road Walkley Sheffield 



Left to right: Sergeant Hall, York and Lancaster Regiment, Sheffield, missing [the Commonwealth War Graves Commission list a Sergeant Leonard Hall being killed on 7 Jul 1916, commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France]; Private Albert Wright, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (10 Btn KOYLI), Sheffield, wounded and missing [killed 1 Jul 1916, son of the late Samuel and Mary Jane Wright, of 145 Providence Road, Walkley; husband of E. A. Trickett (formerly Wright), of 6/4, Bole Hill Road, Walkley, commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France - Pier and Face 11 C and 12 A].

Re Sergeant Leonard Hall - see note 3


And so ELIZA like thousands and thousands of women was left widowed with a young child to bring up. Her son ALBERT went to the same school as his parents went to Bole Hill School, Bole Hill Rd, and from the record it looks as though ELIZA and her son had moved in with ALBERT's parents at 145 Providence Road, Walkley. 

Wright, Albert (Student, dob 13 Dec 1914).
Parent or guardian name (s): Eliza Ann (~), of 145 Providence Rd. Admitted to Bolehill Junior & Infants Council School, Bole Hill Rd, Walkley, Sheffield, as of 01 Jul 1919,
until 31 Mar 1924, reason for leaving: Senior Dept. Previously attended None.

But the same records reveal that in 1924 ALBERT had a new guardian "Bernard (~), of 6ct 4 Bole Hill Rd" At first I thought this may have been Albert's elder brother but when I checked I found that ELIZA had married a BERNARD TRICKETT in the June quarter of 1920 

Wright, Albert (Student, dob 13 Dec 1914).
Parent or guardian name(s): Bernard (~), of 6ct 4 Bole Hill Rd.
Admitted to Bole Hill School, Bole Hill Rd, Walkley, Sheffield, as of 01 Apr 1924, until 27 Nov 1925, reason for leaving: Attnd St Josephs. Previously attended Junior Dept.

Surname First name(s) Spouse District Vol Page 
Marriages Jun 1920 Trickett Bernard S Wright Ecclesall B. 9c 1146 Wright Eliza A Trickett Ecclesall B. 9c 1146 

You would hope that ELIZA would have a long and happy marriage but that was not to be the case because in October 1925 her second husband BERNARD died at their home 6ct 40 Bole Hill Road Walkley. He is buried in St Michaels Roman Catholic Cemetery, Rivelin  

TRICKETT, BERNARD S (buried St Patrick's section, age 37yr). Died at 6ct 4 BOLE HILL RD; Buried on October 28, 1925 in Roman Catholic ground; Grave Number 255, Section T of St Michaels RC Cemetery, Rivelin. Sheffield

Just under two years later ELIZA married for a third time. The groom was Sydney Foster whom I'm led to believe was a devout Roman Catholic.

Surname First name(s) Spouse District Vol Page 
Marriages Sep 1927 - Foster Sydney Trickett Ecclesall B. 9c 898 Trickett Eliza A Foster Ecclesall B. 9c 898  

Notes

Note 1 10th Btn Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry - Formed at Pontefract in September 1914 as part of K3 and came under command of 64th Brigade in 21st Division. Moved to Berkhamsted and then to Halton Park (Tring) in October 1914, going on to billets in Maidenhead in November. returned to Halton Park in April 1915 and went on to Witley in August. September 1915 : landed in France.

Note 2 1st July 1916 - 21st Divisionís General Plan - On 1st July 1916 the Battle of the Somme was opened. The Allied line ran from north to south until just crossing the Albert to Bapaume Road at La Boisselle. Here at the small village of Fricourt the line turned east running under the village and on towards Mametz. It would be the responsibility of the 7th Division on the right to capture Mametz. On the left the 34th Division would assault La Boisselle.

The plan was similar and co-ordinated with that at Mametz. A direct assault would not be launched on the village of Fricourt, which was known to have been fortified. An initial attack would sweep around the village, cutting the defenders off. This would be mounted at Zero: 0730 hours.

Once Fricourt and Mametz had been surrounded a second combined assault would then be mounted at about 1430 hours to penetrate the two villages. From the Albert-Bapaume Road running south, the Brigades in 21st Division were the 64th, 63rd and 50th Brigade attached from 17th (Northern) Division. 62nd Brigade were in reserve.

64th Brigade - The northern Brigade in the Division consisted of the 9th and 10th Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (KOYLI) in the front line, with the 15th Bn Durham Light Infantry (DLI) and 1st Bn East Yorkshire Regiment in reserve.

Prior to Zero Hour (0730) the men from the KOYLI battalions crawled out into no manís land in readiness for their assault. In front of them the German wire had been well cut by the week long artillery bombardment and both battalions made swift progress through the Germanís front line trenches. Within 30 minutes they had secured an area around the north of Fricourt village as far as the road to Contalmaison. Here they were held by machine gun fire coming from their front and flanks, and dug in. To their left the 34th Divisionís attempt at taking La Boisselle had been repulsed with enormous loss to its Tyneside Brigades. As the 34th Division attempted to remedy the situation the KOYLI found themselves in the unenviable situation of maintaining a position surrounded on three sides.

Note 3 - There is an absolute dearth of information available for Sergeant Leonard Hall whose photo appears alongside ALBERT's in the Sheffield Daily Telegraph. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has this record

Rank: Serjeant
Service No: 2715
Date of Death: 07/07/1916
Regiment/Service: York and Lancaster Regiment 1st/5th Bn.
Panel Reference: Pier and Face 14 A and 14 B. Memorial: Theipval Memorial

Note 4 - Whilst I was researching this article I cam across this excellent article that refers to Benjamin Smith and others from Walkley who enlisted in the Great War.   

Sources

UK Censuses

Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 1914-1917 vol. 3 (Local Studies 940.43 SSTQ)
Free BMD

Sheffield Indexers

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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