lbert Edward Wright, the late grandfather of Ian Wright, was born in Countesthorpe and served in the Coventry Police Force and The Royal Warwickshire Regiment 13th Battalion from around 1912 to 1948. Ian recently found some old photographs of him, including military photos and group portraits of police, football and cricket teams, and he would be grateful if anyone could identify the teams he was playing for, or supply any additional information about anything featured below. If you know more, please visit the discussion on the forum and join in.
Clicking on most of the photos will open up a much larger version.
These relate to his cricket career. There is one which is named "Foleshill Albion", the others Ian has no idea about.
The following images relate to Albert's football career. There was mention in the family that he once played for the Leicester Fosse and Coventry Police football teams.
Albert served with the 13th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment, which was billeted to Exmouth, Devon, where he drilled troops - he was a PTI. He also served with the 51st Devonshire Regiment.
One photo shows him departing Coventry station with the Warwickshire Regiment.
This group of photos relates to his police career. In the first image he is the Sergeant (S2 in the foreground). It would be interesting to learn where the group photo was taken and what the occasion was.
Now for some "Mug Shots" which Ian believes the police used to carry on them in order to identify suspects or Coventry's most wanted!
We finish off with the many badges, buttons and medals accrued during Albert's various careers. These include two sporting medals; for Coventry vs Birmingham Police, 1912, and L.F.A. - 1908/09 (Medal Compton) - one for football and the other cricket.
Among the others are World War One medals, Warwickshire Regiment and PTI (Cross Swords) badges, Police buttons & Police number and badge.
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