Information about birth

Date of birth:
Place of birth:
Islington, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom

General information

Hotel Plateman (Waiting staff)

Army information

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

Information about death

Date of death:
Place of death:
Kitchener’s Wood, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


Distinctions and medals 2

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

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#1 Place of birth
#2 Enlistment place
#3 Place of death (approximate)

My story

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.
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Further reference
The Long, Long Trail
Sources used
War Diary The Rifle Brigade, 16th Bn. (St Pancras)
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