Harry George Wright

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Sep 23, 1895

Born in Walthamstow, Essex, England to Henry Edward George and Mary Ann (nee Tonks) Wright


Feb 12, 1916

Attested into the 168th Battalion in Ingersoll, Ontario

      Number 675529

      Next of kin given as Mrs. Mary Ann Wright, mother, Charles St., East, Ingersoll, Ontario

      Previous occupation given as Mechanic

      No previous military experience given

      Religion given as Church of England

His company trained in Ingersoll until June 1, 1916


Jun 1, 1916

The battalion was brought together in London, Ontario for more training, followed by a move to Camp Borden, Ontario.


Oct 30, 1916

Embarked the SS Lapland in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Nov 11, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent for further training


Dec 5, 1916

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion in the West Sandling Camp


Jan 4, 1917

Transferred to the newly formed 6th Reserve Battalion in the West Sandling Camp

Shortly after the transfer, the battalion was moved to Seaford


Apr 17, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Apr 18, 1917

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 85 reinforcements from England and was TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


May 5, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Aux Rietz


Jun 30, 1917

Appointed to the rank of Acting Lance Corporal with pay


Nov 9, 1917

A/L/Cpl Wright was part of a 200 man work party supplied by the battalion to the 4th Brigade for work in the forward area near Passchendaele.  The work party suffered heavy casualties, among them A/L/Cpl Wright, who was killed when an artillery shell exploded directly beside him.  When the burial party returned to bury the dead, his body, among others, could not be identified and he was buried as an Unknown Soldier.  Because of this, his name is commemorated on the walls of the Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium.

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. Mary Ann Wright, Charles St., East, Ingersoll, Ontario

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Harry Edward Wright, at the same address


A/L/Cpl Wright is honoured on the Ingersoll, Ontario War Memorial


He is also honoured on the Ingersoll Sons of England Memorial
Note the error for the middle initial

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