George Wellington Wright

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


May 15, 1893

Born in Marmora, Ontario to George Henry and Lena Celestine (nee Pickle) Wright


Nov 13, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario

Ø      Number 60102 (temporary number 246)

Ø      Next of kin given as George Wright, father, Marmora, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      Previous military experience given as 1 year in the 47th Frontenac Regiment, Canadian Militia

Ø      Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø      Assigned to “B” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “A” Company

The battalion carried out training exercises in the Kingston area during the winter of 1914-15


After only 5 days in the battalion, Private Wright was noted as a marksman in "B" Company as recorded in the newspaper article below

Dec 20, 1914

Admitted to the Kingston Hospital diagnosed with inflamed tonsils.


Dec 24, 1914

Discharged to duty from hospital


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec


May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp to continue training.


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Feb 4, 1916

While the battalion was in the front line N & O trench system, Private Wright received a bullet wound to his left shoulder and was removed to the No 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for treatment. 


Feb 6, 1916

After receiving first aid, he was transferred to the Divisional Rest Station for recovery.


Feb 16, 1916

After his wound had healed, he rejoined the battalion back in the same trenches.


May 12, 1916

While on a work party near Voormezeele, Belgium, he was slightly wounded again, this time in his back, and he was again treated in the No. 5 CFA


May 15, 1916

He rejoined the battalion, now in the T & R front line trenches


Oct 3, 1916

While the 21st Battalion was in the process of relieving the 20th Battalion in the front line trench, Private Wright was again wounded, this time severe shrapnel wounds to his legs.  After receiving first aid in the CFA, he was evacuated to the No. 9 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for treatment.  He died here the same day and was buried in the Contay British Cemetery, Contay, France.

Following the war 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, George Wright, Marmora, Ontario

The Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. George Wright, at the same address


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