Arthur Alexander Wright

Jul 16, 1887

Born in Glasgow, Scotland


Dec 21, 1915

Attested into the 98th Battalion CEF in Welland, Ontario

Ø  Number 210980

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Elizabeth Wright, widowed mother, 17 Tobago St., Greenock, Scotland

o   His present address was given as Detroit, Michigan, USA

Ø  Previous occupation given as Marine Engineer

o   Later noted as Marine Fireman

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Roman Catholic

The battalion trained in the Niagara-Welland area in addition to doing guard duty on the Welland Canal


Jul 16, 1916

Embarked the SS Lapland in Halifax, Nova Scotia



Jul 25, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to Otterpool to continue training


Sep 9, 1916

Declared to be AWL (Absent Without Leave) at 9.30 pm


Sep 21, 1916

Reported for duty at 9.30 pm and was sentenced to forfeit 11 days pay and allowances


Oct 4, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Oct 5, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 132 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Oct 16, 1916

After leaving the base depot, Private Wright joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Divion, France


Jun 18, 1917

Private Wright accidentally fractured his thumb and was treated by the battalion’s Medical Officer


Jun 24, 1917

Admitted to the No. 26 General Hospital in Hardelot, France


Jun 27, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Brighton


On arrival in England he was admitted to the 2nd Western General Hospital in Manchester

Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital


Oct 11, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park, Epsom to continue his recovery


Oct 19, 1917

Discharged from hospital and TOS the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Nov 8, 1917

Admitted to the No. 14 Canadian General Hospital in Eastbourne with a diagnosis that reads Chronic Bronchitis


Jan 2, 1918

Discharged to duty from hospital


Feb 15, 1918

Declared to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Feb 26, 1918

Apprehended by the Military Police in Greenock, Scotland and placed under arrest


Mar 2, 1918

Sentenced to 14 days Field Punishment #2 and forfeited 26 days pay and allowances for being AWL


Apr 8, 1918

Posted to the EORD and attached to the 6th Reserve Battalion


Apr 30, 1918

Attached to the CADC (Canadian Army Dental Corps) for duty in Seaford


Jun 29, 1918

Admitted to the No. 14 Canadian General Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Influenza


Jul 15, 1918

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jul 24, 1918

Posted to the CADC in Seaford


Feb 3, 1919

Posted to the CADC in Bramshott


Feb 7, 1919

Attached to “G” Wing in Rhyl pending discharge from the CEF


Mar 31, 1919

Attached to the 2nd CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot), Oxford St., London pending discharge in England


Apr 1, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at the 2nd Canadian Discharge Depot in London

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 349588

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 17 Tobago St., Greenock, Scotland

Following his discharge, the British War Medal and Victory Medal (shown below) were sent to him at 17 Tobago St., Greenock, Scotland



Mar 14, 1961

Arthur Alexander Wright’s death was reported to Veterans Affairs on this date.  No details were given as to location of death or of his burial.  The report was made by his daughter, Mrs. Emma Bradshaw, 1872 Gerrard St. E., Toronto, Ontario, Canada


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