Wright, Frank Lowndes


Frank Wright was the youngest son of Henry Lowndes Wright, of Burnt House, Adlinton, Lancashire, and 25 Cleveland Square, London. His mother, Alice Maud Wright, was the daughter of James Eckersley, of 80 Gloucester Place, Portman Square, London. He was one of four Wykehamist brothers: the others were Geoffrey Lowndes Wright (G1896-1901), Egerton Lowndes Wright (G1898-1904; killed in action 11th May 1918 – see individual entry), and Philip Lowndes Wright (G1905-1909). All four brothers served in the war, after which their father published a memoir entitled Four Brothers & the World War: the Private Record of their Father for his Grandchildren (Combridges, Hove 1933).    ‘Geoff’ Wright (MC and Bar) was a battery commander in the RFA, in 46th Division, and was wounded in September 1916 at Belleglise; ‘Toddy’ Wright (MC) served in 1/st Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, and then the staff, until his death in May 1918; ‘Phil’ Wright (DSO, MC) was also in 1/1st Oxford and Bucks before moving to the staff.

Frank Wright entered Culverlea from Mr. H.G. Eylecote’s school (the Golden Parsonage), where his brothers had also been educated. He attended RMC Sandhurst, and in 1913 joined 1st Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment, with whom he went to France in September 1914. Severely wounded in October, near Hazebrouck, he then served on the staff in London as a GSO3. He was mentioned in despatches.

On February 21st 1917 he married Miss Muriel Cardwell, but died in Bournemouth on January 6th 1922, from tuberculosis brought on by the effects of his wounds. He was twenty-seven years old.

His name does not appear in War Cloister.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Wright
  • Forenames or initials: Frank Lowndes
  • House: G
  • Years in School: 1907-1911
  • Rank: Captain (retired)
  • Regiment: West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales' Own)
  • Date of Birth: 2nd December 1894
  • Date of Death: 6th January 1922
  • How Died: Died of Wounds
  • Location in War Cloister: Not listed
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown