John Edward Wragg (1890–1980)

Lance Corporal

Northamptonshire Regiment 19544 2nd Battalion

Derbyshire Courier 12 October 1915

Newspaper photo of John Edward Wragg in WW1

John was born in 1891, and like his father he worked in the limestone quarry. He married Emily Townsend in 1912. He entered France in July 1915 and the following October he was wounded – hit in the shoulder by shrapnel. He returned to the UK and was treated in hospital at Sunderland.

Newspaper report

Derbyshire Times 9 October 1915
Newspaper photo of John Edward Wragg in WW1Mr and Mrs Edward Wragg, of Hollow Booth, Whatstandwell, have received a note from their son Pte. Jno. Ed. Wragg, now in the 2nd Northants, who is now in hospital at Sunderland having been wounded in the recent great battle. He is 25 years of age, and has a wife and two children, who reside at Ripley. Mr Wragg, who also has another son (George) in the Sherwood Foresters is himself only 50 years of age, and has been in indifferent health for over a year, and during which time he has been unable to follow his occupation as a quarryman. He had a younger son (Tom) killed last year at the Oakerthorpe Colliery, Wingfield. The letter says: – “I landed here on Tuesday. I got wounded in the shoulder, and had a piece of shrapnel taken out on Friday, while I was in France. I got knocked out on the second day; it was dreadful. I did not see the charge but should have liked to have been in it; there are hundreds over here with me, who were in it.”

Medal Roll Index Card
He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.

His brother George Wragg is also on the Crich Roll of Honour.
His brother-in-law Charles Russell, a gardener at Alderwasley Hall, (husband of Lucy Alice Wragg) was awarded the Military Medal.


1901: Market Place, Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Rebecca Wragg wife 40   Crich
Edith Wragg daughter 16 Factory hand cotton Crich
Lucy Wragg daughter 12   Crich
John Wragg son 10   Crich
William Wragg son 8   Crich
George Wragg son 3   Crich
Thomas Wragg son 1   Crich

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1911: Thurlow Booth, Whatstandwell

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Edward Wragg Head 47 Rockman, limestone quarry Ripley
Rebecca Wragg wife 50   Crich
Lucy Alice Wragg daughter 22 Factory presser Crich
John Edward Wragg son 20 Rockman, limestone quarry Crich
George Wragg son 13 School Crich
Thomas Wragg son 11 School Crich
Ernest Wragg son 8 School Crich

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1939 Register: 6 Fletcher Street, Ripley
John E Wragg b.31 August 1890; stoker gas works, heavy work
Emily Wragg b.18 July 1891
Joan M Baines (Wragg) b.12 May 1920; Platt Hauker?
Dorothy L Severn (Wragg) b.21 December 1922; weft spinner horsehair
three closed records