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Charles Edmund WRIGHT

Regimental number3370
Place of birthSt Arnaud Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Addressc/o Mrs L Wright, St Arnaud East, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs Louisa Wright, St Arnaud East, Victoria
Enlistment date16 November 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll16 October 1914
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 3, Reinforcement 1
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/31/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Newcastle, New South Wales, on board HMAT A37 Thirty-Seven on 21 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 23 November 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance
Medals

Military Medal

'Whilst the 113th Battery was in action east of WESTHOEK, near YPRES, on the 30th October, 1917, No. 3379 Driver Charles Edmond WRIGHT was engaged in packing ammunition to the Battery position and was in charge of a convoy of 10 men and pack animals. As is usual the WESTHOEK corduroy road was being heavily shelled by the enemy and Driver WRIGHT's two horses were killed under him whilst he himself sustained a slight wound. Notwithstanding this, he continued to lead his convoy and eventually picked up two stray horses and utilised them for the remainder of his tour of duty. His leadership, coupled with his cheerful manner has always been instrumental in arousing his comrades to carry out their dangerous work under most adverse conditions and the example he has set has always been one which has inspired his comrades. His devotion to duty and excellent example are deserving of special recognition. Awarded Military Medal 19th November, 1917.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Family/military connectionsBrother: 281 Pte Joseph Gordon WRIGHT, 10th Machine Gun Company, died of wounds, 11 October 1918.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death24 December 1968

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