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James Kerr WRIGHT

Regimental number2980
Place of birthDublin, Ireland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
Addressc/o Hit Or Miss Hotel, Miller's Point, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation34
Height5' 7.75"
Weight160 lbs
Next of kinFather, D. Wright, 91 High Street, Glasgow, Scotland
Previous military serviceServed in the British Army (2nd Gordon Highlanders) for 12 years (time expired), including 6 months on the North-West Frontier, India (1898).
Enlistment date15 July 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 30 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll55th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 17 August 1916
Discharge date1 February 1918
Other details

War service: enlisted in the Australian Naval & Military Expeditionary Force, and embarked Sydney on board HMAT 'Berrima', 19 August 1914. Served at Rabaul. Discharged from AN&MEF, 18 January 1915, on disembarking Sydney.

Enlisted in the AIF, 19 July 1915.

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli (no details of Gallipoli experience recorded, except for a statement on Medical History Sheet from 5th Australian General Hospital, 11 January 1918, regarding repeated bouts of malaria, 'To Gallipoli three months until evacuated to Egypt'.)

Transferred to 55th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 13 February 1916.

Handed over to 2/4th Queen's West Surrey Regiment pending trial by Court Martial, 17 June 1916.

Found guilty by Field General Court Martial, Cairo, 17 July 1916, of four counts of robbery with violence on a train between Ismailia and Cairo, 17 April 1916 (stole a total of 1155 piastres from four Egyptians): awarded 2 years' imprisonment with hard labour.

Embarked Suez on board HT 'Borda' for return to Australia for completion of sentence, 17 August 1916; committed to Geelong Gaol, 16 September 1916.

Wright protested his innocence, and twice unsuccessfully requested remission of sentence, promising to return to the front if released.

Discharged from the AIF, 1 February 1918 (medically unfit; record amended to delete reference to discharge on disciplinary grounds).

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

File originally stamped 'Not eligible'; that stamp subsequently deleted.
SourcesNAA: B2455, WRIGHT James Kerr

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