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Henry (Harry) Marshall Wright (Service no. 6/2016) was a First World War soldier and former employee of Christchurch City Council.

Harry Marshall WrightHenry (Harry) Marshall Wright was born 19 August 1891, in Ohoka, the eldest son of Sidney Robert Wright, and Jessie Susan Wright (nee Harris). He received his education at Christchurch Boys’ High School. He was described in his military service record as being 5ft 9 ¼ inches tall  with brown eyes, dark brown hair, and a dark complexion with a scar on his chin.

Before enlisting he had worked as a clerk in the Treasury department at Christchurch City Council and lived in Sumner. On the 1914 electoral role his address was recorded as Club Tea Rooms, Sumner. The Club Tea Rooms were a fifteen room boarding house located in the main street of Sumner.

An article from the Sun (1915) described him as an enthusiastic Territorial, and noted he held a commission in the Coast Defence Detachment of the 1st Canterbury Regiment, and had been on coast defence duty at Lyttelton. He went to the front with the 4th Reinforcements as a Lieutenant in the Canterbury Infantry Regiment, C Company.

Harry embarked for overseas duties on the 17 April 1915 from Wellington, arriving in Egypt on 25 May  before going on to Gallipoli. In August he was involved in the offensive to capture Chunuk Bair and was reported as being killed in action on 7 August. His body was not recovered.

Harry is remembered on the Chunuk Bair (New Zealand) Memorial, Chunuk Bair Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey; the Christchurch City Council Roll of Honour; the Hororata War Memorial; and the Sumner War Memorial Plaque.


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Henry Marshall Wright

First Names:Henry (Harry) Marshall
Last Name:Wright
Place of Birth:Ohoka, Canterbury, New Zealand