Research: Charles Wright

My 3x great uncle Charles Wright was born on 12th February 1885 in Burton Pidsea, East Yorkshire. He was the youngest of 4 known children; Timothy (1878-1950), Mary Ann (1879-1966), Thomas (1881-1937) and Charles (1885-1960). Their parents were Thomas and Isabella Wright (nee Thompson).

In 1891 Charles was living with his parents and siblings in Burton Pidsea. He was just 6 years old.

In 1901 Charles was living as a boarder at Wadworth Hill in Burstwick, which was owned by Clarence W Medforth. Charles was a 16-year-old horseman on the farm. A horseman was a highly skilled man who was usually responsible for 2 of the farm’s horses. This job would usually involve waking up at about 5:00 am to tend to their horses. Charles would have spent most of the day walking behind the horses and guiding them whilst they ploughed the farmland ready for sowing. Later that year Charles joined the Royal Marines. He would have started as a Lance Corporal. The first photograph below shows a 16-year-old Charles in uniform. The two other photographs also show him around this time.

On the 1911 Census, Charles was recorded as being a Corporal in the Royal Marines. He was 27 years old and was living at the Royal Marines Depot in Walmer, Kent. On the 16th December 1911, Charles was awarded a First Class Certificate and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. The photograph below shows him as a Sergeant, but at some stage, he was promoted to a Colour Sergeant.

After the First World War, Charles left the Royal Marines and returned home to Burton Pidsea. One of Charles’ daughters, who I am in regular contact with, told me that she thinks that he became a postman in the village for a short period of time. She also told me that after he left the Royal Marines, Charles had a bungalow and 2 houses built in the village and saved the rest of his money!

On Wednesday 16th June 1926 Charles Wright married Nancy Esther Cousens in Burton Pidsea. Charles was 41 years old and Nancy, 21. The photograph below shows the couple on their wedding day.

Wedding of Charles Wright and Nancy Cousens

The couple went on to have 5 known children; Charles Henry (1927-1945), Joan (1928-1937), Stanley Richmond (1929-1988), June and Phyllis Alicia.

On 11th March 1937, Joan who was the oldest daughter of Charles and Nancy passed away. June (Charles’ daughter) told me that Joan had died as a result of a hole in her heart. I can’t imagine how the family must have felt to have lost the little girl. She was just 8 years and 8 months old.

In 1939 Charles’ father Thomas Wright passed away in Burton Pidsea, at the age of 87. I am unsure of what his cause of death was, but he was later buried in St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church in Burton Pidsea. Charles was either 53 or 54 years old at this time.

Later in 1939, a Register was taken at the beginning of The Second World War. Charles was living with his wife and children at Northfield in Burton Pidsea. He was recorded as a 54-year-old Poultry Farmer.

During the Second World War, Charles and his family were self-sufficient, as many families living in the countryside, were. Charles had an acre of land at the back of the village, where he would grow fruit and vegetables to eat and to sell. He also had pigs, chickens and goats during this time, which meant that the family had plenty of meat, eggs and milk.

Charles Wright June 1940.JPG

The photograph to the left shows Charles in the June of 1940, which was one year into The Second World War. I am unsure of exactly what Charles was doing at this point in the war, and I am unsure of the meaning behind the armband he wearing.

On 7th September 1945, Mick, the eldest son of Charles and Nancy, was killed in an accident involving his own shotgun. This must have been awful for the whole family, especially Charles and Nancy. Again, I can only imagine how upset they were when they were told about the accident, especially having lost another child just 8 years previous.

On 14th January 1947, Charles’ mother Isabella passed away in Burton Pidsea, at the age of 95. I am unsure of what her cause of death was. Her funeral took place at St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church in Burton Pidsea on 17th January 1947. Charles was 61 years old at this time.

The photograph on the right shows Charles and his wife Nancy together. The photograph was probably taken in the garden of their Burton Pidsea home.

Charles sadly passed away on 5th November 1960 in Burton Pidsea aged 75 years old. I do not currently know the cause of Charles’ death. He was later buried at St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church in Burton Pidsea.

If you know anything more about Charles, that I have missed, I would love to learn more about him! I would love to know the exact addresses of where Charles and family lived, for example. Since learning about Charles, I have always thought how I would have loved to have met him. To me, his life was very interesting and eventful. He lived in a time, where life was very hard, but he managed to do very well for himself.

Thank you very much for reading,


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Sarah Smith (Wright) says:

    What a lovely read. Charles was my great grandad, passed away a long time before my birth I am sad to say but Grandma (Nancy) I did know her and remember visiting her often and seeing one of the pictures you have provided on her side table. Stan was my grandad he passed when I was around 2 years old. My aunt June told me about a family tree she made and I have learnt some interesting things and this post is now added to my list 🙂

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    1. Tony Beacock says:

      Hi Sarah, thank you very much. I’m really glad you enjoyed it. That’s great, it would be nice to talk to you about what you know about your Grandad etc. Your aunt June is lovely, I have been to visit her and Brian a few times and they made me very welcome. If you know anything else or have any photographs, I would love to learn/see them. I may be able to write a passage about your Grandad, too! 😁

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