Sunday 17 March 2013

Corporal William Oswald Wright, MM

Born on 3 April 1898 in Filay, Yorkshire, England - son of Mr. J.Y. Wright, South Mountain, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in South Mountain, Ontario; trade as cheesemaker; single; no current military service; previously served with the Baden-Powell Scouts (three years); Church of England; height of 5 feet 7.5 inches; chest of 36 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; brown eyes; black hair.

Joined the 154th Battalion, CEF, in South Mountain, Ontario, on 7 October 1916 (number 634185) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 24 May 1917 - wounded on 27 September 1918 - invalided to England on 29 September 1918.

Awarded the Military Medal (as a lance-corporal) - no formal citation - unit recommendation dated 7 September 1918: "For gallantry during Scarpe Operations, Sept 1st and 2nd 1918."

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,; Canadian War Museum, 19680229-001, Manu 58C 1 2.18, Honours and Awards, 38th Battalion (Records of recommendations for honours and awards and mentioned in dispatches 19161121 19190117))

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