John Thomas (Jack) Wragg (1893–1917)


Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry 10874 7th Battalion

Derbyshire Courier 5 August 1915

Newspaper photo of John Thomas Wragg in WW1

Photo courtesy Peter Lymn

John Thomas Wragg

From a group photo, believed to be Jack Wragg

Born in 1893, Jack worked as a quarryman before joining the army. He entered France in July 1915 and was killed in action on 16th August 1917, aged twenty-one; he is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial.

Medal Index Card
He was awarded the Victory, British War and 15 Star Medals
He entered France 23/07/15
Private Jack Wragg, killed in action

Newspaper Record

Derbyshire Courier
26 October 1915

Private J.T. Wragg, Crich

Derbyshire Courier, 13 January 1917
John T WraggLast weekend Mr John Wragg, newsagent, Crich, received an official intimation from the Infantry Records Office , Exeter, that his son Lance-Corporal J.T. Wragg was wounded, and was in the stationary hospital, Rouen. A letter from Lance-Corporal Wragg states that he has been wounded in the foot. this makes the third time he has been in hospital the result of wounds. The first time was in October 1915, when he was shot in the head by a sniper, and the second time in September of last year. Lance-Corporal Wragg along with his chum lance-Corporal Maurice Perry, joined the Duke of Cornwall’s in the early stages of the war.

Derbyshire Times 25 August 1917
On Friday news was received by Mr and Mrs John Wragg of Crich, that their son John Wragg (21), Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry had been killed in action. Gunner Wragg had been on ten days leave during this month, and he looked quite happy and cheerful amongst his old Crich friends, who mourn his loss. He enlisted soon after the war began.

Derbyshire Courier
1 September 1917
N.C.O. killed
Cpl John T. Wragg, eldest son of Mr John W. Wragg, newsagent, Crich, has been killed in action. The sad intelligence reached Mr and Mrs Wragg on Friday in a letter from second lieutenant P.M.Whiteley, B. Co– Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. Lt Whiteley says – "I am extremely grieved to have to inform you that your son was killed in action on the morning of 16 August whist helping to play his part in the great British advance, being at this time of his death in charge of a Lewis gun team. For a long time he'd been one of the very best men in action in the company, and he took a most intelligent interest in the plan of operations. He will be greatly missed by all of us here. Kindly accept my deepest sympathy." Confirmation of the news has been forwarded to Crich by Cpl Maurice Perry, who is in the same company. He has written to his parents, who live near the Marketplace, stating that his chum, Cpl Wragg had been killed. It is only about six weeks ago since Cpl Wragg was over at Crich for his first leave, after two and a half years in France. During this time he'd been wounded three times, once very seriously, when he was shot in the head by a sniper on 8 October, 1915. His sound physique, however, pulled him through, and he afterwards was often in the thick of the fighting. He and his chum, Cpl Maurice Perry, joined the Duke of Cornwalls Light Infantry immediately at the outbreak of war and throughout the three years they have been together. Cpl Wragg, who was 24 years of age was a miner at the Oakerthorpe colliery before his enlistment.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Initials J
Nationality United Kingdom
Rank Private
Regiment/Service Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
Unit 7th Bn
Date of Death 16/08/17
Service Number 10874
Casualty type Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference Panel 80 to 82 and 163A.

John Thomas (Jack) Wragg's war graves certificate in WW1

War plaque in Wesley Chapel, Crich

Memorial inside the Wesleyan Chapel, Crich

Soldiers' Effects Book
Jack Wragg; 7 Bn Duke of Cornwalls Light Infantry; Private 10874; killed in action 16.8.17; War Gratuity £14; paid out to:
7.2.18 father John £5 16s 8d
30.10.19 father John £14 os 0d


1901: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
John Wragg Head 34 Limestone getter Tupton
Zilla Wragg wife 33   Bagthorpe
Ada Wragg daughter 8   Crich
Jno T Wragg son 7   Crich
Hannah Wragg daughter 5   Crich
Luke Wragg son 3   Crich
Fanny Wragg daughter 1   Crich
Hettie Coleman boarder 15 Factory hand, hosiery Crich

RG13 piece 3231 folio 61 page 7

1911: Crich Common

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
John Wragg Head 42 Newsagent Crich
Zilla Wragg wife 43   Bagthorpe
Ada Wragg daughter 19 Buttoning machinist, hosiery Crich
John T Wragg son 18 Limestone quarryman Crich
Luke Wragg son 16 Farm labourer Crich
Fanny Wragg daughter 12 School Crich
Jas Wragg son 9 School Crich
Ellen Wragg daughter 2   Crich
Luke Wragg father (wdwr) 72 Retired limestone quarryman Matlock
Wm Wragg brother 33 Limestone quarryman  

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