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Thomas William WRIGHT
(1862-After 1923)
Emily Elizabeth BLOGG
John Thomas WRIGHT
Elizabeth Maud BRETT

Thomas William WRIGHT


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Augusta Margaret WARREN

Thomas William WRIGHT

  • Born: 21 Apr 1915, 14 Pinfold Lane Boston 2
  • Christened: 11 Jul 1915 3
  • Marriage: Augusta Margaret WARREN on 4 Jan 1941 in Church of The Martyrs Leicester 1
  • Died: 22 Jun 1969, 362 Flaxley Road Birmingham at age 54 4

bullet   Cause of his death was heart attack.

bullet   Another name for Thomas was Bill WRIGHT.


bullet  General Notes:

According to his Army Book in 1940 he was a member of Oddfellows


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Occupation: As a manager at a number of branches throughout his career; Great Yarmouth (16 Market Row) and Peterborough (27 Bridge Street) branches along with two branches in Birmingham (64-66 Corporation Street then Bull Street)

Barratt Shoes: The companies adverts were always based around the slogan "Walk the Barrett Way" which first appeared in 1903 advert in "the Carpenter and Builder" however in those days it was a Boots-by-Post (mail order) service only.

Extract from "The Romance of Barratts"

HOW THE INDUSTRY STARTED It is a matter of pride to preserve the reputation of the town which claims still to make the World's best shoes, despite the difficult industrial conditions resting on Britain's shoulders through war. Barratts, of course, acknowledge their debt to Northampton, whose shoe-craft is so deeply rooted in the past and can be traced back to the year 890 A.D. A number of theories are advanced as to why the industry established itself in Northampton, but it is reasonable to suppose that it grew out of the many forests and the agricultural nature of the surrounding districts. There animals would thrive side by side with the oak trees, from which the bark was formerly used exclusively in the process of tanning the skins. Royalty are no strangers to the feel and style of Northampton shoes right up to the present day. It was in 890 A.D. that King Alfred settled the Danes in Northampton and ordered them to make boots for his army, since when the industry has played an important role in helping Allied Forces to win two World Wars, for an army marches just as much on its feet as "on its stomach". As an intriguing aside, records show that King John acquired a pair of Northampton riding boots for 9d. King Edward I was not quite so lucky. His pair of fox hunting shoes cost him 7/-.

Barratt Shoes: HUNDREDS OF OPERATIONS Equipped with the most modern machinery and methods to carry out the numerous operations that are used in shoe-making, the workpeople attain uncanny speed in the one part of the shoe that they undertake. These mass production methods, a means of providing the multitude with footwear, are in strange contrast with the laborious awl and thread of the hand workers of old, who, in their homes, made shoes from start to finish. A few still do. Individual motors to the machines prevent waste of valuable power, and are switched off at the will of the operator.

Barratt Shoes: Each Department of the factory is co-ordinated, and the work flows in an unending stream, to the tune of millions of pairs a year, from one section to another, planned in advance by a central control to prevent "bottle necks." Numbers of examiners watch the work critically to detect any fault and reject the shoe before further labour has been wasted on it, though such cases are isolated.

He attended school at Park Board School Boston on 23 Jan 1929. This school was on Tunnard Street, at the junction with Norfolk Street.

Walk down Red Lion Street, into Tunnard Street, and the school was on the left at the bottom.

It was built around 1896 and demolished in 1985. Currently used the area is a car park (2005).

He was employed before 1940. 5 by Freeman Hardy Willis before joining Barretts.

He was serving with the H.Q. Company South Staff Regiment 30 May 1940. 6 His Service Number was 4921138 - WrightTW

He received the Defence Medal in 1945. which was worn with flame coloured ribbon with green edges, upon which there is a narrow black strip.

He was discharged from the military on 2 Mar 1946 at the Army Discharge Unit in Northampton. His Army Form x402 indicates he left with the rank of Colour Sergeant.

He worked as Shoe Retail Manager from 1949 to 1963 at Yarmouth, Peterborough and Birmingham branches for Barratts, whose head office was at there factory in Kingsthorpe Road Northampton known as , Footshape Works.

He lived at 69 Upper Cliff Road, Gorleston-on-Sea in 1950

He lived at 32 Cheshire Road Leicester in 1950

He lived at 270 Oundle Road Peterborough in 1952 and lived at this address until 1963.

He lived at 362 Flaxley Road Birmingham in 1963 until his death in 1969.

He was cremated on 26 Jun 1969 at Yardly Crematorium Birmingham and his ashes scatter in the Garden of Rest to the north of the chapel; adjacent to the infants section.


Thomas married Augusta Margaret WARREN, daughter of William Henry WARREN and Augusta Adelaide ACTON, on 4 Jan 1941 in Church of The Martyrs Leicester.1 (Augusta Margaret WARREN was born on 13 Sep 1916 in Rose Cottage, Hampton Court, Richmond On Thames 7 and died on 27 Aug 1989 in Ivy Bank Nursing Home, Kings Norton, Birmingham 8.) The cause of her death was brain tumour.



1 Marriage Certificate, TW Wright & AM Warren.

2 Birth Certificate, Boston Q1/1915 ref 7a/767.

3 Baptism Certificate, Unfortunatly the certificate does not indicate which Church.

4 Death Certificate, Death Cert 9c/172.

5 Mercury and Guardian, 27 May 1942.

6 Army Record Card, Army Form 5258 Dated 7 Mar 1946.

7 Birth Certificate, 1916 Q4 Kingston 2a/782.

8 Death Certificate, Death Cert Birmingham 189.

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