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John Claude Wright

Portrait of J.C. Wright. Auckland Grammar School chronicle. 1917, v.5, n.2. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Portrait of J.C. Wright. Auckland Grammar School chronicle. 1917, v.5, n.2. Image has no known copyr …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Claude AWMM
  • Surname
    Wright AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 12/3519 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    31 December 1892 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 24 August 1915 AWMM St Heliers Bay, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Elizabeth Wright (mother), St Heliers Bay, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 13 November 1915 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Messines AWMM
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
    • 1914-1916 Egypt AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 12/3519 AWMM
  • Military service
    3rd Regiment, Auckland AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 24 August 1915 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
    Carpenter/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • John Wright was the son of John Wright and Mrs Elizabeth Wright, of The Avenue, St. Helier's Bay, Auckland, New Zealand.

    He attended Auckland Grammar School.

    He was part of the 8th Reinforcements to leave New Zealand. He was 23 when he enlisted and was 5ft 8 inches tall, weighed 11 stone 6lbs. He was of fair complexion, had blue eyes and red hair. He was considered fit and healthy, with good eye sight and teeth, when examined by the medical officer at Trentham.

    John Wright sailed to Suez arriving there on 20 December 1915 and joined the 1st Battalion, Auckland Regiment on 5 February 1916. From Egypt he went to France on the Franconia. He was promoted to Lance Corporal on 5 May 1917.

    Lance Corporal Wright was reported wounded in action on 7 June and later on the same day reported killed in action. Information supplied to the family by a comrade at the time was than Wright was injured but suggested that a more severely injured soldier be taken to the first aid base first. When they returned for Wright he was missing. As a result he was reported killed in action and has no known grave. However his army casualty form records that he was buried by Lieutenant A.K. McArthur at 1st Battalion, Auckland Regiment Location Reference to map N.3.d.2.8 Burials Page 7x282.

    His legatee was Mr H. Wright, Builder, St Heliers Bay, Auckland.

    His medals were presented to his mother, Mrs Elizabeth Wright in May 1921. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    7 June 1917 AWMM
    Age 25 AWMM
    BelgiumEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Obituary: Auckland Grammar School Chronicle. Third Term, 1917. AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Messines Ridge (New Zealand) Memorial, Messines Ridge British Cemetery, Belgium AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

Roll of Honour

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  • WHO WILL WEAR YOUR MEDALS? Who will wear your medals John Claude? You were a great uncle , an uncle, a brother, a son A plaque of remembrance in a far away country, Reminding those there of an unknown soldier. Fighting for their freedom, Fighting for our freedom. A hero of the Great War Our hero, an unknown great uncle A medal only for those never to return home, A medal never able to wear. My three brothers and I, Standing together, tall,shoulder to shoulder With dignity, upright,proud. Carrying the reminder of sacrifice- For our family,for our country, For our freedom. We will wear your medals, John Claude, Beside the flanders poppy. We will remember them, We will remember them.
    Public - Elizabeth Ann - Direct descendant - 24 April 2016



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Included in the World War I Digital Roll of Honour for the Ōrākei Local Board area. The Ōrākei Local Board commissioned a World War I roll of honour for its area to commemorate the war’s centenary. The board welcomes additional information from the public on this project. AWMM
    • Auckland Grammar School Chronicle. Auckland, N.Z.: Auckland Grammar School. AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 803 AWMM
    • Auckland Grammar School Chronicle. Auckland, N.Z.: Auckland Grammar School. AWMM
      1917, Third term. p.20 AWMM
    • New Zealand at the Front AWMM
      1917, p.141. AWMM
    • Auckland Grammar School Chronicle. Auckland, N.Z.: Auckland Grammar School. AWMM
      Obituary: Third Term, 1917. AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 2: Includes portrait AWMM
    • Ahier, William Roland. War diary, 1917. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2004/76. AWMM
    • Connolly, A., & Stanes, P. Rememberance: Auckland Grammar School Great War Roll of Honour. Vols 1 & 2. Auckland: Petand Prodctions. AWMM
    • Roll of Honour, Auckland Province (digital copy), 1914 - 1919. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2016-2. AWMM


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24 April 2016Elizabeth AnnAuckland, New zealandDirect descendant

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