Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the Bridgnorth area who died during the two World Wars.

John Wainwright (1882 - 1917)

John Poston Wainwright was born at Alveley where he was baptised on 26th August, 1882. He was the son of Edward Wainwright, miller, and his wife Fanny. In 1882 they lived at Alum[?] Bridge Mill.

Edward died in 1883 and Fanny remarried in 1887. Her new husband was Thomas Denley. In 1891 the family were living at Paper Mill, Alveley. By 1901 all but John had moved to Greet, close to Thomas's home town of Toddington, Gloucestershire. I have not been able to find John in the 1901 census - maybe he volunteered to fight in the Boer War. In 1911 John was working as an Ostler at a hotel in Upper Galdeford, Ludlow.

John initially served with the King's Shropshire Light Infantry but was transferred to the 11th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. He was killed in action on 9th October, 1917, possibly at the Battle of Poelcapelle (3rd Ypres). He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial

Private John Wainwright, 27825 Royal Warwickshire Regiment (formerly 23792 KSLI) was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.

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