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Alan Herbert WRIGHT

Date of birth18 June 1892
Place of birthAlbury, New South Wales
SchoolFort Street High School and Sydney University
OccupationEngineering Student
AddressIllilliwa, 3 Walker Street, North Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 10.5"
Weight188 lbs
Next of kinFather, Stewart Wright, Illilliwa, 3 Walker Street, North Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date12 April 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll12 April 1915
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit name20th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 26 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Machine Gun Battalion


Unit: 5th Machine Gun Company
Promotion date: 1 March 1917

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 30706 (28 May 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 165 (24 October 1918)
Recommendation date: 8 March 1918

FateReturned to Australia 4 June 1919
Family/military connectionsBrothers: Lieutenant John Vicars WRIGHT, Regimental No. 302, 2nd Machine Gun Battalion, returned to Australia 16 March 1919; Private Harold Keith WRIGHT, Regimental No. 7791, 2nd Machine Gun Battalion, returned to Australia 31 March 1919; 7819 Pte Stuart Cecil WRIGHT, 5th Machine Gun Bn, returned to Australia 19, February 1919.
Other details

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal. Wounded several times while serving in France during 1916 and 1917 (gun shot wounds to the right thigh [26 July 1916

; head [19 April 1917]; and left leg [26 September 1917]).

Promoted Lieutenant at Gallipoli, 20th Battalion, 26 August 1915. Appointed Captain (Temp) 1 March 1916. Appointed Captain, 20th Battalion 10 March 1916. Promoted Major, Sutton Veny, 5th Machine Gun Battalion, 1 March 1917

War Service: Egypt, Gallipoli, France, Western Front

Returned to Australia per 'Bremen' ex England on 4 June 1919. Disembarked 27 July 1919

Date of death11 October 1969 - Concord Repat. Hospital, Sydney
Age at death77
Place of burialNorthern Suburbs Crematorium, Sydney, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, WRIGHT Alan Herbert

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