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4429   Private John David Wright
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 30/01/1895
Died: 21/08/1915 (Killed in Action)
Age: 20
Summary      
John David Wright was the son of Robert and Susana Wright. He was born on 30th January 1895 in Desertmartin. The family lived in Desertmartin. His father died when he was seven years old. John was a farm labourer. Private John David Wright was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action in the assault on Scimitar Hill during the Gallipoli Campaign on 21st August 1915.
Private John David Wright
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John Wright was the son of Robert and Susana Wright. Robert Wright married Susan Devlin on 17th May 1890 in the district of Magherafelt.
John David Wright was born on 30th January 1895 in Desertmartin. He seems to be have been the only son.
Known family: Robert Wright, Susana Wright, Maggie Wright (born about 1889), Sarah Jane Wright (born 13th May 1891), John David Wright (born 30th January 1895), Anna Mary Annie Wright (born 22nd June 1897), Josephine Martha Wright (born 22nd February 1900), Emily Wright (born 22nd October 1902).
The 1901 census lists John as age 6 living with the family at house 35 in Grange, Desertmartin, County Londonderry. His father was a farm labourer.
It seems his father, Robert Wright, died aged 36 on 4th May 1902 in the Magherafelt district. John was seven years old.
The 1911 census lists John as age 16 living with the family at house 10 in Rosgarland, Desertmartin. John was a farm labourer. His mother was a widow.
John enlisted in Cookstown as David Wright.
Medal card
John David Wright photo
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 8th January 1916: Magherafelt man missing
Newspaper Report
Private David Wright, Rosegarland. His mother has been officially informed that he has been missing since 21st August at the Dardanelles. She will gratefully receive any information regarding him.
Private John David Wright was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action in the assault on Scimitar Hill during the Gallipoli Campaign on 21st August 1915.
Private John David Wright has no known grave and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial at Gallipoli, Turkey.
The CWGC record Private John Wright as the Son of Mrs Susan Wright of Rosegarland, Magherafelt, County Derry.
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1 1901 Census lists Wright family 1901 census lists John as age 6 living with the family at house 35 in Grange, Desertmartin, Londonderry
2 1911 Census lists Wright family 1911 census lists John as age 16 living with the family at house 10 in Rosgarran, Desertmartin, Londonderry
3 Magherafelt War Dead Also listed on Magherafelt War Dead
4 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2020