Information about birth

Date of birth:
22/06/1890
Place of birth:
Islington, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom

General information

Profession:
Hotel Plateman (Waiting staff)

Army information

Country:
England, United Kingdom
Force:
British Expeditionary Force
Rank:
Rifleman
Service number:
S/17587
Enlistment place:
Islington, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom
Units:
 —  The Rifle Brigade, 16th Bn. (St Pancras)  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
31/07/1917
Place of death:
Kitchener’s Wood, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Age:
27

Memorial

Distinctions and medals 2

British War Medal
Medal — 08/04/1920
Victory Medal
Medal — 08/04/1920

Points of interest 3

#1 Place of birth
#2 Enlistment place
#3 ‘Place of death’

Additional information

Rifleman George Wright, of Islington Middlesex was killed on 31 July 1917. George served with the 16th Battalion Rifle Brigade (117th Brigade, 39th Division)

The 16th Battalion was part of the advance on the first day of the Battle of Passchendaele attacking towards Kitchener’s wood. The 16th Battalion Began their attack from Bilge Trench at zero hour, 3.50 a.m. They were on the right and attacked with the 17th Battalion king’s Royal Rifle Corps on the left. George’s Battalion was tasked with three objectives: capture the German front line trenches at Canadian Farm; capture the trench system in Kitchener’s Wood and finally secure crossings over the Steenbeek stream near Regina Cross. The attack was successful and all the objectives were met and held that day. However, 30 men were killed and a further 18 were reported missing. Rifleman George Wright was one of those men.

George Wright, 27, was killed during the attack on Kitchener’s Wood, leaving behind his wife, Ada Alice and his infant son, George. George Wright has no known resting place and is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial to the missing.

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Sources 4

"Passchendaele. The Day-by-Day Account", McCarthy C., London, Uniform, 2018, pg. 29-30.
Sources used
Ancestry
https://www.ancestry.com/
Further reference
The Long, Long Trail
https://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/
Sources used
War Diary The Rifle Brigade, 16th Bn. (St Pancras)
http://www.nmarchive.com/
Further reference

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