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Captain Henry Gordon Wright 8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters


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Any information please on Captain Henry Gordon Wright 8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) killed 06/06/1915

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Here's a possible match for his service record: WO 374/77139 WRIGHT, Capt H G 1911-1919

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He was with C Company (Sutton In Ashfield) when the battalion were at Newark on 7th August 1914 [bn History]

He arrived with reinforcements from Kemmel following a trench mortar bombardment which badly damaged the parapet, 24/4/15 [bn War Diary]

Commanded C Company 28/4/15 [bn History]

Killed in Action 6/6/15 shot through the double loophole plate from which he was firing, trench J3 [bn History]

Employed by the Nottingham and Notts Bank, first as a junior and afterwards at Southwell. He then came to the Sutton (branch) over three years ago.

For several years past he had taken a deep interest in the Territorial movement, and regularly devoted his vacation to camp life. He had been in the Territorials for several years and when the Sutton Company marched out of the town at the end of last summer, he was the second in command. Before his death he was appointed temporary Captain. He was shot in the head by a German sniper and died instantly. He was 30 years old and single. Lt and QM Torrance wrote - his death cast quite a gloom over us all. He will always live in our memories as a true friend and as a gallant and capable soldier, and one whom we shall find it hard to replace. He was one who had gained the respect and confidence of his men, and he was an officer to whom they could turn for advice and sympathy. [The Free Press 11/6/15]

There is slightly more in the article but sadly no photo.


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Henry Gordon Wright was born on the 28th May 1886 and was educated at Nottingham High School.

He enlisted at Southwell in Nottinghamshire into the Territorials in 1910 and was mobilized in August 1914. He was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant in the 8th Battalion, The Sherwood Foresters on 14th February 1912.

Captain from 1st March 1915 in France and Flanders and present during the actions at Kemmel 14th April 1915. He was killed in action 6th June 1915, (I have killed by an explosion) of a British shell at Locre and is buried at Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery. BRONNO.

Henry standing middle of picture with Vann V.C. on his left, not too sure but i think his brother W Wright is standing to his right.

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Thanks Guys but I don't think its the H Gordon Wright I am looking for!

The one I am looking for was a teacher at the Strutt school Belper in 1910-11.

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Photograph of the H Gordon Wright I am trying to find!


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