Saturday, July 14, 2012

Hunting For George Part 2

The last post on Great Granddad George Wright mentioned that I could not find him in the 1891 census and that I had heard he had fought in the Boer War. I couldn't find any information about his military record and I needed to confirm a few pieces from my Uncle. I emailed My Uncle and he said he had fought in World War 1 and that he was 'there for the Boer War' if he didn't 'fight in it.' I'm not fully sure what this means. How could a poor farm laborer from Binbrook, Lincolnshire, be there but not for the fighting?

I also received these photographs.
George Ernest Wright in Military Uniform
George Ernest Wright and his wife Ada. 

My Mum had always said he was in the army. The sign on his left arm is of two crossed anchors with a crown above it and there are three chevrons beneath it. I can't seem to get a clear enough picture of the image on his cap to tell what it is :/. Still, unless I'm completely mistaken from the research I have done this is a Royal Navy Uniform and the chevrons make him a Petty Officer 1st Class. According to my Uncle, George had captained a small ship that helped with the rescue at Dunkirk. I don't think this was military related however.

I found this explanation on a genealogy site that was attempting to explain the uniforms and their ratings.

From 1853 to 1907 the badge of the PO 1st Class and from 1907 to the present the badge of the Petty Officer. (With appropriate crown, that depicted is correct for the period 1901-1953)

The site address is here:

I'm not positive what the Chevrons mean though.

I must confess to needing a bit more tutelage in this area. So if anyone is out there who can shed a little more light on the what my Great Granddad's uniform symbolizes I'd love to hear from you!


  1. Hello Michael! You left a comment on my blog welcoming me to GeneaBloggers, and I wanted to say thanks. I've already added your blog to my blogroll. I notice that one of the families you're researching is Wright. As it happens, the ancestor I'm trying to find out more about at the moment is my paternal great-grandfather William Wright Leslie, of Braggs, Lowndes County Alabama. We may be related! :) I also notice that you are researching Griffiths and Davies families, and these are very common Welsh surnames. My mother's maiden name, Roberts, is a common Welsh surname, and it's possible we may have some common Welsh ancestors. Best of luck in your research. If I can be of help, please let me know.

  2. Welcome to the GeneaBloggers family. Hope you find the association fruitful; I sure do. I have found it most stimulating, especially some of the Daily Themes.

    May you keep sharing your ancestor stories!

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    1. Thanks for your message Bill. I appreciate it!