Corporal George Samuel Wright, 1st Battalion The Queens's (Royal West Surrey Regiment), was the son of John F Wright and his wife, and was born at Barrowden on 16 October 1881. He was a member of the church choir and captain of the village cricket club. He was married with two children and living at Stanton Hill, Ticknall, near Derby, working as a machinist before enlisting on 19 February 1917. He went out to France on 1 June and fought on the Ypres front and elsewhere. He was made Lance Corporal on 30 October the same year, and Corporal in December. He was killed in Meteren on 13 April 1918. An officer described what happened: "Corporal Wright was out on a daylight patrol, and was entering a farm when a German sniper shot one of his men in the head, killing him. Corporal Wright was beside him seeing if he could do anything for him, when the sniper fired again, killing him instantly." George was buried about half a mile south of Meteren. His grave was presumably destroyed in subsequent fighting so he is remembered on the Ploegsteert Memorial to the Missing, Panel 1/2, as well as in Barrowden Church.
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