John Christie WRIGHT

WRIGHT, John Christie

Service Numbers: Not yet discovered
Enlisted: 26 April 1916
Last Rank: Second Lieutenant
Last Unit: 20th Infantry Battalion
Born: Aberdeen, Scotland, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: School of Arts, Aberdeen, Scotland. Royal College of Art, London, England.
Occupation: Principal, SA School of Art
Died: Killed In Action, France, 2 May 1917, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: South Australian Education Department Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

26 Apr 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1
25 Oct 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, 20th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '13' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Ascanius embarkation_ship_number: A11 public_note: ''
25 Oct 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, 20th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Sydney
2 May 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 20th Infantry Battalion, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: awm_unit: 20 Battalion awm_rank: Second Lieutenant awm_died_date: 1917-05-02
Date unknown: Involvement 20th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA: 1889 - 1931) Wednesday 16 May 1917


News has been received that Lieutenant J. Christie Wright, principal of the Adelaide School of Art, has been killed in action. Though he had spent only two months in Adelaide, the high testimonials he had brought with him, as well as the splendid record of artistic work which he had accomplished, gave every promise that when he returned to Adelaide much would have been done by him to advance art in this State. Lieutenant Wright was a native of Aberdeen, Scotland, where he was born in 1889. He began his studies at the well-equipped School of Arts in that city. At the end of a four years' course he won a scholarship, the adjudicators of which were Sir George Frampton, A.R.A., and Messrs. George Clausen, A.R.A., and others, who recommended that he should be sent to London to attend the   Royal College of Art, where he specialised in sculpture. In 1912 he arrived in   Sydney, and began executing various works for leading architects. He also received the appointment of lecturer and instructor of arts at the Teachers' College, Sydney. Here he showed powers of organisation and teaching skill which won high praise from the leading officers of the New South Wales Department of Instruction. At the end of 1915 he gained the Wynn art prize, which is awarded annually for the best piece of art work executed in New South Wales. His work consisted of two figures now reproduced in bronze, and forming a striking feature of the new office belonging to the Sydney "Daily Telegraph." In January, 1916, he received his Adelaide appointment. Meanwhile he had enlisted, and the present Ministry, desirous of encouraging military service, gave him permission to leave South Australia and resume his duties at the School of Arts after the war. He spent some time in camp in Dubbo, and sailed from Sydney in October last year. After an eventful voyage he reached England at the close of the year. He then spent some months in the officers' school on Salisbury Plains. On March 11 he crossed the Channel, and soon afterwards was in   action. The end came on May 3, death being instantaneous, and caused through the explosion of a shell. (


ROTHIEMAY WAR MEMORIAL, Rothiemay, Aberdeenshire, Scotland