Thomas James WRIGHT


WRIGHT, Thomas James

Service Number: 2467
Enlisted: 3 February 1915, Melbourne, Vic.
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 59th Infantry Battalion
Born: Collingwood, Victoria, Australia, 23 August 1882
Home Town: Collingwood, Yarra, Victoria
Schooling: Cambridge St State School, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Slater
Died: Killed in action, France, 12 December 1916, aged 34 years
Cemetery: Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

3 Feb 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2467, 7th Infantry Battalion, Melbourne, Vic.
16 Jul 1915: Involvement Private, SN 2467, 7th Infantry Battalion
16 Jul 1915: Embarked Private, SN 2467, 7th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Demosthenes, Melbourne
29 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2467, 7th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
24 Feb 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 59th Infantry Battalion, Egypt
19 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2467, 59th Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)
3 Aug 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 59th Infantry Battalion, France
16 Oct 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 59th Infantry Battalion, France
12 Dec 1916: Involvement Corporal, SN 2467, 59th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Charles Lawson Wright and Ann Wright, of 89, Islington St., Collingwood, Victoria, Australia.

Biography contributed by Robert Wight

Prior to enlisting, Thomas Wright played 12 games (1906-07) for the Collingwood FC in the VFL.

Enlisting as a 32 year old slater on 3 February 1915, he embarked for overseas as a Private with the 7th Reinforcements of the 7th Battalion from Melbourne on 16 July 1915 aboard HMAT Demosthenes.

After transferring to the 59th Battalion on 24 February 1916, was promoted to Lance Corporal on 3 August 1916 and to Corporal on 16 October 1916. Cpl Wright was killed in action near Flers, France on 12 December 1916 and is buried in Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval, France.

Source: AWM and Robert Wight