100 Year Anniversary of the death of Alfred Wright 3rd November

Date: 2nd October 2018
Published by: David Naylor

It is 100 Years since Alfred Wright, a soldier serving in the First World War died in England. Private Alfred Wright 2868. 4th Btn Australian Infantry Australian Imperial Force died 3rd November 1918, 27 years old from wounds gained in battle.

Born in England, Alfred emigrated to Australia as a young boy and lived just north of Sydney, New South Wales. When war broke out, like thousands of other Australians and New Zealanders he immediately signed up with the Australian Imperial Force and joined the Australian Army to do his part for King and Empire. He boarded a ship in Circular Quay, Sydney, but sadly, never returned. He’s buried in St John’s churchyard, with a white Commonwealth war 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. Last year, 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) which is a day of remembrance down under.

Each ANZAC Day, Bollington Town Council now fly the Australian flag in honour of Alfred and the thousands of young Australian men that gave their lives, many of them, like Alfred, never returned.

Earlier this year, 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.

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