In 2014 the centenary of the outbreak of World War One, Cumnock History Group began researching the names on the Cumnock War Memorial plus other men and women with Cumnock connections mentioned on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission or in the Cumnock Chronicle of the time. The research is not limited to those who died but also to men and women who served, using family history information.

The group would like to appeal to individuals with knowledge of family members for photographs of the soldier, either in uniform or not, and photos of medals or other memorabilia eg letters sent home from the Front. If you would be prepared to share these on this site, please email the web manager cumnockhistory [at] The group is willing to share any copies of documents found with the soldier's descendants.

Saturday, 15 March 2014

William Wright

William Wright was born about 1895 in Lugar to Robert John Wright and Elizabeth Baillie.

In the 1901 census, the family is at
420 Brick Row, Lugar
Robert John Wright     31 boilermaker b Ireland
Elizabeth Wright     29  b Lugar
Margaret Wright     10
Mary Ann Wright     8
William Wright     5
Robert John Wright     3
Thomas Wright     8m b Kilmarnock

all others born Lugar

He was a private in the Cameron Highlanders and he died of wounds in France on 28th of September 1915.  He was 20. By this time his parents were at  10 Avon Street, Glasgow.

He is buried in Ninth Avenue Cemetery in Haisnes, France.

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