Claude Algernon Wright

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Claude Algernon Wright
Wright Claude Algernon.jpg
Western Mail 15 Dec 1916 page 23
Personal Information
Date of Birth not known
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Place of Birth Serpentine, Western Australia
Death 29 Jul 1916
Place of Death Poziéres, France
Age at Enlistment 22 years, 6 months
Description 5'3" (1.60m) tall ; 108 lbs
48.988 kg
; medium complexion ; grey eyes ; brown hair
Occupation Clerk
Religion Church of England
Address NOK 61 Jewell street, East Perth, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr George Thomas Wright
Military Information
Reg Number 3317
Date of Enlistment 13 Sep 1915
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 28th Battalion, 7th reinforcement to 14 Platoon, D Company / 7th Brigade, 2nd Division
Date of Embarkation 18 Jan 1916 ‒ 16 Feb 1916
Ship Embarked On HMAT A7 Medic
Fate Killed in Action 29 Jul 1916 Poziéres
Monument Mundijong School Roll of Honour
Mundijong Honour Roll
Villers-Bretonneux Memorial
ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
Australian War Memorial
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal



Pre War

War Service

Had tried to enlist in Sep 1914, but was rejected on chest measurement. Soon after entering camp in Sep 1915, Claude was allocated to the 7th reinforcement draft for the 28th Battalion (1 Nov 1915), travelling with them to Alexandria, in Egypt. On 21 Mar 1916 he embarked on SS Oriana in Alexandria, and disembarked in Marseilles, France on 27 Mar 1916.

On 8 Jun 1916 he was taken on strength of the 28th Battalion as it extricated itself from the support trenches and marched to billets at "Rue Dormoire". They returned to the trenches on 28 Jun 1916.

During the early evening of 28 Jul 1917 the 28th Battalion moved into position to attack German trenches north of Poziéres. 10 minutes after midnight the enemy seemed to have wind of the attack, and unleashed a heavy barrage of high explosive and shrapnel shells causing casualties. When the attack commenced, it was to find that the enemy's wire was intact, and they began to suffer heavy casualties. By 2:00am on 29 Jul 1916 it was obvious that no further advance was possible and the troops that could were withdrawn to their earlier positions. Casualties for the day included 63 killed, 151 wounded, and 257 missing. Claude was one of the latter group. His status remained unresolved until 4 Jan 1917 when a Court of Enquiry judged that he had been killed in action on the morning of 29 Jul 1916.


Red Cross file: [1].
"Wright - name Claude. Was missing at Pozieres when we went over at midnight on July 28th. He was in 14 Platoon. I did not see what became of him, but Ted Harris in my platoon (16), told me he had a letter from Wright's Mother to say that she had been informed definitely that he was killed." 3175 Lee W.P. Pte
  • Villers Bretonneux Memorial 2015 L. Reynolds
  • Section of 28th Battalion panels photo 2015 L. Reynolds

Notes

  1. "Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Files - Claude Algernon Wright". Australian War Memorial. 2018. Retrieved 2 May 2018. 

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