Information about birth

Date of birth:
Place of birth:
Bradford, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom

Army information

England, United Kingdom
British Expeditionary Force
Service number:
 —  Seaforth Highlanders, 7th Bn.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
Place of death:
Wallemolen, Passendale, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


Tyne Cot Memorial
Panel: 133

Distinctions and medals 2

Points of interest 2

#1 Place of birth
#2 Place of death (approximate)

My story

Wright Firth was a private of the Seaforth Highlanders 7th Battalion, 26th Brigade, 9th (Scottish) Division. On Friday 12 October 1917, they fought in the First Battle of Passchendaele, near the northern end of the Passchendaele Ridge. They attacked at 5.25 a.m., zero hour. Their objective was to pass through the 8th Battalion Black Watch Regiment and the 10th Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, who took Adler Farm and reached their objective Source Trench. Thereafter, the Seaforths had to go on to the Blue Dotted line with the 5th Battalion Cameron Highlanders in support. The first company of the Seaforths, sadly depleted by enemy fire, advanced and filled the space between two leading ones of the Black Watch. Although by this time the Royal Scots had joined the others and a mixed party went on to enter the eastern end of Wallemolen. Being heavily enfiladed from both flanks, they were driven out and had to fall back on the Cemetery-Inch House line on the Green Line. Private Wright Firth was probably killed during one of these actions around Wallemolen.

Sources 3

26 Infantry Brigade: 7 Battalion Seaforth Highlanders. (The National Archives, KEW (TNA), WO 95/1765/4).
Sources used
Ewing John, The History of the Ninth (Scottish) Division 1914-1919 (Uckfield, Naval & Military Press, 2006).
Sources used
McCarthy, Chris, Passchendaele: the Day-by-Day Account (Londen, Unicorn Publishing Group, 2018).
Sources used

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