Claude Ennis WRIGHT


WRIGHT, Claude Ennis

Service Number: 2736
Enlisted: 15 July 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 52nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Perth, Tasmania, Australia, November 1887
Home Town: Sidmouth, West Tamar, Tasmania
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Wounds, 38th Casualty Clearing Station, Mericourt-L'Abbe, France, 28 November 1916
Cemetery: Heilly Station Cemetery
Plot VI, Row D, Grave 3
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Evandale War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

15 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2736, 12th Infantry Battalion
10 Sep 1915: Involvement Private, SN 2736, 12th Infantry Battalion
10 Sep 1915: Embarked Private, SN 2736, 12th Infantry Battalion, SS Makarini, Melbourne
7 Apr 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 52nd Infantry Battalion
25 Nov 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 2736, 52nd Infantry Battalion, Flers/Gueudecourt, SW to both legs DoW Mericourt-L'Abbe, France
28 Nov 1916: Involvement Private, SN 2736, 52nd Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From 52nd Battalion AIF

The winter was closing in, and the 52nd was still involved in fatigue duty constructing new communication trenches and assisting to improve front line areas. But German shelling was causing casualties. Two men from the 52nd died of wounds received during November:

Private Claude Ennis WRIGHT #2736, 27 years old from Sidmouth TAS. Died of Wounds. Buried in Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L'Abbe, France

Private James Patrick KELLEHER #2475, 27 years old from Hobart TAS (born Cork Ireland). Died of Wounds. Buried in St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France

Claude WRIGHT was also a labourer and enlisted in July 1915. He sailed with the 8th Reinforcements to the 12th Bn in September. He joined the 12th in November before returning to Egypt. He was then in hospital with diarrhoea and the mumps before being transferred to the 52nd in April 1916. He survived the fighting at Mouquet Farm which killed his brother (also in the 52nd), Private Eustace Lesbert WRIGHT #5204, on 4 September 1916. He was wounded by German shelling on 25 November. Admitted to the 38th Casualty Clearing Station with wounds to both legs on 26 November, he died on the 28th. See less