Living in Aynho

Published on November 9th, 2018 | by Content Admin


Today We Remember

Reginald Victor WRIGHTON
Service no. 17537

Private, 2nd Battalion,
Coldstream Guards

Reginald was killed in action during the fighting at Poelcappelle on 9 October 1917.  He was 29 years old.

Family Background

Reginald was the son of George and Hannah Wrighton of Aynho.  George, an estate worker for the Cartwrights, died aged 72 in 1909 and Hannah died after the War in 1926. The Wrighton family had been in Aynho since 1670s.

Reginald was their youngest child and had four brothers and a sister – and his elder brother, Albert, also was killed in the war just two days after him. The family lived on Brackley Road, now the Charlton Road, in one of the estate cottages.  Unlike his brother, Albert, we don’t know whether Reginald was married.

Alfred and Clement Wrighton, who were also killed in the War, were his first cousins.

Reginald has surviving relations still living in the village – one first cousin twice removed (Stewart Brown) and one second cousin twice removed (June Alsford).

Reginald has no known grave but his name appears on Panel 9 to 10 of the Tyne Cot Memorial. Like his brother he is listed on his parents’ headstone in the churchyard.


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