Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations. Observed on 25 April each year, Anzac Day was originally to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli against the Ottoman Empire during World War I.
Details of the Australian soldier, buried at the parish Church of St John’s in Bollington.
Private Alfred Wright 2868, 4th Btn Australian Infantry Australian Imperial Force died 3rd November 1918 at just 27 years old.
Alfred was born in England in 1890, and listed on the 1911 Census as living in 9 Courier Rd, Bollington, as a cotton operative calico weaver aged 20. He was living with his widowed father George and sisters Edith, Minnie, and Ethel.
Alfred emigrated to Australia at 22 years old and lived north of Sydney, New South Wales. He signed up in July 1915 with the Australian Imperial Force and joined the Australian Army to do his part for King and Empire.
He’s buried in St John’s churchyard, with a white Commonwealth War Graves Commission Headstone.
The Heathcote family found out about Alfred when Chris Heathcote was helping his father Edward maintain the overgrown churchyard. Chris’ son, Adam, lives in Sydney Australia, and so a connection was formed. In 2018, Chris placed an RBL poppy cross with Alfred’s details on Sydney’s Martin Place War Memorial on ANZAC Day (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps). The Governor General of Australia, representative of the Queen of Australia, sent a letter of gratitude to Chris Heathcote to thank him for remembering Alfred on behalf of all Australians.
Each ANZAC Day, Bollington Town Council now fly the Australian flag in honour of Alfred and the thousands of young Australian men who put their own lives on hold to do their duty.