Tributes paid to Stonehouse caretaker and war hero

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Tributes have poured in to a Stonehouse man who has died just before his 100th birthday.

Jack Wright, who was caretaker at Park Primary School for more than 30 years following his heroic actions during the Second World War, passed away on April 7.

He would have been 100 in July.

Jack joined the Royal Navy at 16 He was involved in several sea battles during the war and was one of the crew on HMS Prince of Wales that was involved in the destruction of the Bismark.

The efforts of those involved were recognised by King George VI who personally congratulated the crew. During his wartime service, Jack was aboard three different ships that were sunk and lost many dear friends.

He wrote a book about his life ‘The Memories of an Outdoor Man’ while the BBC made a film about him.

Community group Fair Shares also made a film of Jack’s life.

Fair Shares’ Chris Moore led the tributes to Jack.

“He was a hugely respected and loved resident of Stonehouse. He was always ready to give a hand and have a chat although in later years he became increasing ill and unable to get about without his mobility scooter.

“I never met anyone who didn’t like Jack, he was always welcoming and kind.

“I’ll remember chatting with him as he sat on his chair in the front room, telling me his stories.

“I never met his wife Peggy, who died many years ago, but Jack clearly loved her and missed her dearly. But he managed to still run his bungalow and manage his life.”

To view Fair Shares’ film about Jack click here.

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