William Alfred WRIGHT

Regimental number702
Place of birthWangaratta Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressEbden via Wodonga, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, Thomas Wright, Ebden via Wodonga, Victoria
Enlistment date29 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll16 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name37th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/54/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A34 Persic on 3 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll37th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 12 October 1917

Military Medal

'On 4th October 1917, East of YPRES, he displayed conspicuous gallantry in action. Although severely wounded shortly after Zero hour he continued to lead and encourage his men throughout the attack. He bombed an enemy Machine Gun crew and assisted in bayoneting the remainder. Later on, seeing another Machine gun coming into action, he promptly attacked and overcame the crew, and thus undoubtedly prevented many casualties.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal