John Wrigley


Submitted by John Raymond Wrigley.

John Wrigley was John Raymond Wrigley’s father.

Born Nottingham April 6th 1891. The family moved to Sheffield at 425 Langsett Road, Hillsborough c1904. Before joining the army he was a clerk in the employment of Mr Burridge of 25 Change Alley.

Enlisted April 1909 in KOYLIs with his older brother Ernest. In 1910 he took part in Edward VII funeral procession in London and always claimed he had presented arms to the Kaiser etc. 1911 posted out east to Hong Kong and later Singapore where he was stationed at the outbreak of war in 1914. Recalled home September 1914 aboard the SS Caernarvonshire and in January 1915 landed at Le Havre.

He was wounded on the evening of April 18 1915 at around 6pm when the 2nd KOYLI and the 2nd Duke of Wellington's Regiment launched an attack on
Hill 60 which had been recaptured by the Germans earlier in the day. The bone in his left forearm was completely smashed but eventually saved from amputation by the skill of a Canadian surgeon who implanted a metal plate which stayed in place until shortly before he died. He asked for it as a souvenir but this was refused as it was destined for museum purposes.

After being wounded he spent two years recovering in hospital being finally discharged with a pension of 8 shillings a week in 1917. He secured a job as a switchboard attendant for Sheffield Corporation Tramways at their Hawksley Avenue sub station where he remained until he retired.

In 1924 he married war widow Beatrice Toms (see entry for Harold Edgar Toms) and had two children - myself John Raymond (born 1927) and my sister Sylvia Brenda (1928-2014) In WW2 he served for 4 years as a private in the Home Guard. In August 1964 he died of a pulmonary embolism at the Sheffield Royal Infirmary aged 73.

His father and his four brothers also enlisted. Two were wounded and one - Lieutenant Joseph Wrigley - was killed on July 1st 1916 while serving with the York and Lancaster Regiment.

John Wigley

Sheffield Telegraph 1/5/15

John Wrigley's xray




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