Samuel Wragg (1895–1971)


Royal Field Artillery 81281 D/6th Reserve Battalion

Photographs courtesy Brian Wilders

Samuel Wragg c1950s

Samuel Wragg c1950s

Born in 1895, Samuel enlisted at Ripley in September 1914 with his brother John, both joining the Royal Field Artillery. He entered France in December 1914 and then was posted to Salonika in February 1916. In January 1919 he was hospitalised with amoebic dysentery and spent two months at the Northern General Hospital and Brighton Military Hospital. He was demobbed in March 1919. He enlisted the same day as his brother John, both serving with the RFA and having consecutive service numbers. Samuel Wragg married Mary Elizabeth (Lizzie) Litchfield in 1919.

Samuel and Lizzie Wragg

Samuel and Lizzie at Blackpoool c 1950s

Medal Roll Index Card
He was awarded the Victory, British War and 14-15 Star Medals
Entered France 22/12/14

Photo courtesy Janet Street

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Samuel's Victory and 15-Star Medals
The British War Medal is missing
Note that an incorrect ribbon is on the 15-Star medal

Army Service Record
He enlisted 17/09/14 at Ripley aged 19 years 2 months, an unmarried quarryman living at Town End Crich. Originall signed for the Sherwood Foresters but appointed o the R.F.A. His height was 5ft 5¼in, weight 118lb and he had green eyes with dark hair. The next of kin was his mother Eliza, near Church, Crich. Born 1895 and served in the Eastern theatre of War.
17/09/14 to 20/12/14 Home
21/12/14 to 31/01/16 France
01/02/16 to 12/11/16 Salonika
13/11/16 Mediterranian
11/01/19 to 05/03/19 Admitted 3rd Northern General Hospital with Amoebic Dysentry
05/03/19 to 19/03/19 Admitted to Brighton Military Hospital with Amoebic Dysentry
29/03/19 Demobbed

Samuel Wragg's brother John Wragg is also on the Roll of Honour.


1901: Townend, Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
William Wragg Head 31 Limestone quarryman (deaf through illness) Crich
Eliza Wragg wife 30   Crich
William Wragg son 10   Crich
John Wragg son 8   Crich
Samuel Wragg son 5   Crich
Joseph Wragg son 2   Crich

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1911: Near Church, Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
William Wragg Head 40 Limestone quarry labourer Crich
Eliza Wragg wife 39   Crich
John Wragg son 18 Limestone quarry labourer Crich
Samuel Wragg son 15 Miner coal hewer Crich
Frederick James Wragg son 9   Crich
Florence Wragg daughter 7   Crich
Warren Wragg son 2   Crich
Clifford Wragg son 7 mo   Crich
Emily Wragg daughter 10   Fritchley

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1918 Crich voters
Samuel Wragg, Town End; absent on military service.

1939 Register: Town End, Crich
Samuel Wragg b. 13June 1895; limestone quarryman rockman, heavy work
Mary E Wragg b.2 March 1897