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Saturday, 10 November 2012

Wright, William Martin


Captain William Martin Wright
was born on 23rd April 1884.  

He was the son of the Rev. William Wright and Charlotte McWilliams (Robinson) Wright of The Manse, Newtownards, Co. Down.  In 1901 the family are living in house 3, Corporation South, Newtownards, Co. Down. 
Wright was educated at Campbell College, Belfast.  The Lennonwylie website records:

319. Wright, William Martin, b. 23rd. April, 1884, son of Rev. Wm. Wright, M.A., D.D., Newtownards. Brother of 317, 318, 846 and 1241. L.V., July, 1899.  Scholar.  Solicitors' Final, 1910.  Assistant Solicitor, Belfast Banking Co., 1910-14.  Great War: Capt., R. Irish Rifles. Adj., 13th Bn. Severely wounded. Partner, McKinty & Wright, Solicitors, Belfast.  Hon. Solicitor, British Legion for 32 years.  Chairman, Newtownards Branch, British Legion for 30 years;  President, 2 years.  Died 16th Nov., 1952. (M.)
He completed his solicitor's finals in 1910. 

Allowing for study and law examinations, Wright may have joined the Belfast Banking Company around 1906.  He was the bank Assistant Solicitor from 1910 to 1914.

By 1911, they have moved to house 21, Circular Street, Newtownards, Co. Down.  Wright’s occupation is described as a Bank Solicitor. 
Wright served with the 13th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles and attained the rank of Lieutenant, then becoming Captain and Adjutant.  He was severely wounded on 29th June 1916.


The National Archives records a Medal Index Card as follows:

Royal Irish Rifles, Lieutenant
Royal Dublin Fusiliers, Lieutenant
Labour Corps, Captain


The Belfast Banking Company 'Roll of Honour' booklet records Wright as having been 'previously wounded' with his last known address as 'Salonika'.

Following demobilisation, Wright may not have returned to the Belfast Bank.  He became a partner in McKinty and Wright, Belfast.

Wright also became involved in the Royal British Legion, becoming their Hon. Solicitor for 32 years, Chairman of the Newtownards branch for 30 years and President for 2 years.

He died on 16th November 1952.

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