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Alfred James WRIGHT

Regimental number2056
Place of birthPayneham, South Australia
ReligionMethodist
OccupationLabourer
AddressE H Wright, c/o Walter Morris Ltd, Adelaide, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 7.5"
Weight178 lbs
Next of kinc/o Walter Morris Ltd, Adelaide, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date16 March 1915
Place of enlistmentKeswick, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 20 April 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll2056
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Pioneer Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 23 March 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in the vicinity of MOLENAARELSTOEK on the 4th October 1917. Pte. WRIGHT displayed the utmost courage and initiative in assisting to lay out a forward track. It was partly due to this soldier's coolness and total disregard for danger that this forward work as accomplished under a heavy barrage fire. After this track was marked out he assisted in transporting the wounded and his actions were commended by various Infantry Officers to his Company Commander. East of YPRES.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Discharge date20 July 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Cluny Castle', 23 March 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 21 May 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), 20 July 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, WRIGHT Alfred James

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