Arthur William Wright

Informations sur naissance

Année de naissance:
Lieu de naissance:
Easingwold, Yorkshire, Angleterre, Royaume-Uni

Informations générales

ouvrier journalier

Informations service militaire

Angleterre, Royaume-Uni
Force armée:
British Expeditionary Force
Numéro de service:
Incorporation nom de lieu:
Leeds, Yorkshire, Angleterre, Royaume-Uni
 —  Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment), 10th Bn.  (Dernière unité connue)

Informations sur décès

Date de décès:
Lieu de décès:
Jetty Wood, Belgique
Cause du décès:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood
Parcelle: XXVIII
Rangée: D
Tombe: 10

Distinctions et médailles 2

British War Medal
Victory Medal

Points d'intérêt 2

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Mon histoire

Corporal Arthur William Wright served in the Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment), 10th Battalion, part of the 62nd Brigade, of the 21st Division.
The 21st Division participated in the Battle of Broodseinde on the 4th of October. It had to attack the high grounds near Reutel from positions at the eastern outskirts of Polygon Wood. While moving up to the frontline the 10th Yorkshires came under heavy shell fire in Glencorse Wood. As a result the Battalion lost touch with the 12th/13th Northumberland Fusiliers, which accompanied them to the frontline. While moving on they were shelled again, now at Black Watch Corner.
The frequent shelling had held up the Battalion and had been replaced by the 1st Lincolnshire Regiment in the line. Consequently the 10th Yorkshires had become the reserve Battalion in front of Polygon Wood.
At zero hour, 6 a.m. the German artillery put down another barrage in front of the Polygon Wood. The 10th Yorkshires had now been under heavy shell fire almost uninterruptedly from 9 p.m. on the 3rd till 6 a.m. on the 4th. During the day the shelling continued unceasingly and casualties kept stacking up.
When darkness finally fell the battered Battalion used the cover of darkness to move forward. They consolidated positions close to the old frontline at Juniper Trench near Jetty Wood. At 4 a.m. on the following morning the German artillery put down another barrage on the new front line and on Polygon Wood. Conditions in the trenches was bad and the shelling remained consistent, until the Battalion was finally relieved just before midnight on the 7th of October.
Losses had been very heavy. One officer and 74 other ranks were killed while ten officers and 249 men were wounded or went missing.
Corporal Arthur William Wright was killed near the line in Jetty Wood on the 6th of October 1917. He possibly fell due to German harassing fire. The positions of the Battalion were subjected to constant shelling on the 6th of October 1917. He was initially buried in Jetty Wood. His remains were exhumed after the war and interred in Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood.

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"The Green Howards in the Great War", Wylly C.B., Richmond, Richmond Yorkshire, 1926, pg. 345-347.
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"The Third Ypres Passchendaele. The Day-by-Day Account", McCarthy C., London, Arms & Armour Press, 1995, pg. 98-100.
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The Long, Long Trail
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War Diary Yorkshire Regiment 10th Bn.
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