Edward Wright

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Nov 18, 1893

Born in Darlington, Ontario to George and Annie Wright


Nov 9, 1915

Attested into the 1st Tunnelling Company in Toronto, Ontario

Ø      Number 501254

Ø      Next of kin given as Annie Wright, mother, Oshawa P.O., Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Moulder

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist


Jan 1, 1916

Embarked the RMS Metagama in St. John, New Brunswick

Jan 10, 1916

Disembarked in England


Jan 28, 1916

Sentenced to 10 days CB (Confined to Barracks) and forfeits 5 day’s pay for being absent (AWL) for 5 days


Feb 16, 1916

Arrived in Havre, France


Apr 7, 1916

Admitted to the No. 17 Divisional Rest Station at St. Omer for dental work


Apr 10, 1916

Paraded to the No. 4 Stationary Hospital to receive dental work


Apr 11, 1916

Discharged to the General Base Depot, Rouen


Apr 15, 1916

Proceeded to the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in Havre


Apr 21, 1916

Sentenced to 4 days Field Punishment #1 for being out of bounds without a pass after a pass had been refused


Apr 22, 1916

Began to serve his Field Punishment


Apr 26, 1916

Left the CBD to join the 4th TMB (Trench Mortar Battery)


May 5, 1916

Arrested in Southamptom, England by the Military Police after going AWL the previous day in Havre, France.  He snuck onboard the SS Normania in Havre and on disembarking it was discovered that he had no pass and was arrested.


May 10, 1916

A Field General Court Marital found him guilty of Desertion and sentenced him to 5 years in Hard Labour.  This was reduced to 1 year by the General Officer Commanding.


May 15, 1916

He entered prison to begin his sentence


May 28, 1916

After serving only 13 days of his sentence, he was released from prison under the “Suspension of Sentences Act” and proceeded to the CBD


Jun 6, 1916

Left the CBD to join his unit


Jul 15, 1916

Paraded to the No. 1 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) to receive his dental plate and returned to duty the same day


Aug 15, 1916

Paraded to the No. 1 CCS for dental work and returned to duty the same day


Aug 22, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Aug 23, 1916

Arrived at the CBD and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Sep 22, 1916

Left the CBD to join the 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Sep 25, 1916

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion in Albert as part of a draft of 6 reinforcements destined to join the 21st Battalion


Sep 26, 1916

Left the entrenching battalion and joined the 21st Battalion in Bailiff Wood, near Albert


Oct 10, 1916

Admitted to the No. 9 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Myalgia


Oct 15, 1916

Discharged to duty and rejoined the 21st Battalion


Dec 14, 1916

Attached to the 4th Canadian Trench Mortar Battery


Dec 22, 1916

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA sick


Dec 29, 1916

Diagnosis changed to read Myalgia in his legs


Jan 4, 1917

Discharged to duty


Apr 13, 1917

Admitted to the No. 13 Stationary Hospital in Boulogne with shrapnel wounds to his left leg


Apr 15, 1917

Transferred to the No. 1 Convalescent Depot, Boulogne


Apr 16, 1917

Reported to be AWL at 9.00 pm and posted to the Base Details


Apr 19, 1917

Sentenced to forfeit 17 day’s pay for being absent from April 16, until 10.00 pm April 18 and for failing to comply with an order given by an NCO


May 6, 1917

Paraded sick to the Base Medical Officer with a foot infection


May 11, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Jan Breydel

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


May 12, 1917

Admitted to the Edinburgh War Hospital, Bangour, West Lothian with a diagnosis that reads ICT (Inter Connective Tissue) infection in his right foot


May 21, 1917

Transferred to the PPCRX Hospital (Princess Patricia Canadian Red Cross), Ramsgate


Jul 31, 1917

Discharged from hospital and On Command to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) at Seaford to undergo PT (Physical Therapy)


Nov 15, 1917

Admitted to the Cherry Hinton Military Hospital Cambridge with a diagnosis that reads VDS (Venereal Disease Syphilis)


Dec 6, 1917

Ceased to be attached and returned to the EORD while in hospital


Feb 21, 1918

Discharged from hospital and On Command to 3rd CCD for Physical Therapy


Apr 25, 1918

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion, Seaford


Aug 9, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion and arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples and TOS the 21st Battalion


Aug 13, 1918

Left the CIBD to join the battalion


Aug 15, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in Brigade Reserve near Fouquescourt, west of Amiens


Aug 27, 1918

During the battalion’s advance on the Sensee River near Vis-en-Artois, Private Wright was killed and his remains were never recovered from the battlefield.  As a result, he is commemorated on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross (shown below) were sent to his mother, Mrs. George Wright, 51 Richmond St., Oshawa, Ontario


Private Wright is also commemorated on the Oshawa, Ontario War Memorial


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