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Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Wright, William Martin

Captain William Martin Wright
was born on 23rd April 1884 and was the son of the Rev. William Wright and Charlotte McWilliams Wright nee Robinson of The Manse, Newtownards, Co. Down.  

In 1901 William is living in house 3, Corporation South, Newtownards, Co. Down with his parents and 6 siblings, Hannah D, Charlotte M, Archibald R, Richard P, Alfred I and Matthew I.

William 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.)

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 Battalion Royal Irish Rifles and attained the rank of Lieutenant, then becoming Captain and Adjutant.  He also served with the 6th Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers and teh Labour Corps.

His first theatre of war is recorded as France from September 1915.

He was severely wounded on 29th June 1916.  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.

As an officer, William had to apply for his medals.  He applied on 24th April 1922 and was awarded the 1915 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.  His address at that time is recorded as 82 Royal Avenue, 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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