A.B R/365 Horace Wright

Hawke Battalion  R.N.D

It is with Great pride and humility i bring you the following ,
set of images, of the contents of a parcel i received ,
they are in relation to a former Reservist,
A/B R/365 Hawke Battalion ,
Horace Wright age 19 who died ,
on the 3rd of february 1917 during Operations on the Ancre
Which took place from 11 January – 13 March 1917, between the British Fifth Army and the German 1st Army, on the Somme front during the First World War. After the Battle of the Ancre (13–18 November 1916), British attacks on the Somme front stopped for the winter.,
the fragile Original Envelope contains the letters,
(two of) including the front and reverse of one letter ,
the 3rd  (smaller)image is of the original postmark on the envelope 
the letters were sent to the grieving parents ,
people who know me know how much i am passionate about the Royal Naval Division and preserving their artefacts and ephemera as i am a former reservist,
i owe it to them to tell their story for them , this is the first time i have ever seen such personal documents of this type never mind held them, 

Above is the postmark  from the Admiralty envelope  ,which, shows it was posted ,on the 17th of january    1917    at 7.45 pm ? 

   the letter on the left  is dated  the 23rd of                               november 1917,

the one below  is dated  the 6th of october 1917

the descrepency  between the dates on the 2 letters   could be explained  by the time allowed in regulations between a soldier going missing  and legally being able to report them Killed in action , the envelope  could have contained  another letter ?

and this envelope survived , out of the  3 ,

and  the passage of time   ?

    Below  are images of  both sides of his service records , which  contain,  details of  when he joined /where he went  etc , it also shows his civillian occupation, before the war which shows he was an Upholsterer  by trade,  also of note  is the  typed notation,

               "DISCHARGED "DD"         (  Discharged dead )

On the left is a very old image ,

of the chapel he went to 

The images below  are from the,commonwealth war graves commission s

index for  the  thiepval  memorial (Horaces entry is ringed) and the memorial certificate  in Horaces Name is next to it .

                Below are images  kindly sent to me by

  Emily Toettcher & Peter Healy and well known local Historian ,Stuart king 

                                from the Amersham Museum

49 The high street  Amersham Thankyou for them,   and the information provided 

special thanks go to Stuart king  for the ones of Horace  and images of the cottages and other buildings .

On the left we have a view of a Semi  Detached  property ,called peddles Cottage lived in by the Tillbury family,

in one cottage ,

and  Green View  lived in by the Wright,

Family in the other, it seams that this property, is across the road /common, from

pleasant view  see image below  as  written

on the   Envelope ,

But as "Pleasure view" on Horaces  service 

Documents ? it also seems that horaces parents may have moved to "pleasent view"

after Horaces  death ?

The image on the left  is a modern day view of Pleasent view, which was originaly 

2 semi detached houses, the centre of the image  shows the original properties

with the fence between them,

 the properties  were 

built between the late victorian

and early Edwardian  eras ,

in the last 20 years,

both properties , have been added to.

This image on the left is,

from 1913 and shows the,

baptist church that Horace,

and his parents went to ,

the houses are just out out of shot, the church nowadays is 

now a private house,

Holmer Green was a small village , in ww1 and had a,

population of roughly 600 ,

give or take , so his loss would have been keenly felt by most

living there , which shows really, the impact the war had,

on rural life and communitys

Below we have 2 images of Horace in the one on the left  he is dressed in his,

cricket whites in the one on the right he is dressed in his R.N.D  uniform

this dates that image to between  the 18-10-1916 and january 1917,

and was taken at blandford camp which was at the time and was the R.N.Ds

advance Training Ground , before they were shipped overseas

the Publication on the left,

the Heroes of Holmer  Green    arrived today ,

it tells the story ,

of Horace , his family  and the other

village men who were called to the colours in ww1,

it tells you about the ones who died,  

and the men who made it home  to a different

country and village they left ,

published in 2017 and co written by 

 Stuart king and Christopher peers,

is well worth a read 

During WW1the crested china manufacturers also

wanted to do their  bit to raise morale the 3 pieces of

crested china below are examples of their work

 the carlton china tommys hut has the Blandford crest which is very apt as horace trained there .