BRIGHT, Richard Henry
(Service number 7356)
|Aliases||Enlisted as Richard BRIGHT|
|First Rank||Gunner||Last Rank||Gunner|
|Date||27 January 1881||Place of Birth||Timaru|
|Date||8 September 1915||Age||34 years 6 months|
|Address at Enlistment||Taumarunui, King Country, New Zealand|
|Previous Military Experience||Kitchener's Light Horse, Boer War - one year|
|Next of Kin||Thomas Linwood BRIGHT (brother), Box 494 G.P.O., Auckland|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Served with||Australian Imperial Force||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||14th Battery|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||5th Field Artillery Brigade|
|Date||8 September 1915|
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|Campaigns||Egyptian; Westerne European|
|Service Medals||1914-1915 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal|
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||30 July 1948||Age||67 years|
|Place of Death||Wellington|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Karori Cemetery, Wellington|
|Memorial Reference||Soldiers Section. Plot 33 R/3|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Richard Henry Bright was born on 27 January 1881 at Timaru and baptised on 27 March at St Mary’s Anglican Church, Timaru, the third son of William Robert Bright, a printer/compositor, and his wife, Elizabeth née O’Hara. The first-born Richard Bright was born in 1875 at Timaru and, dying there in 1879, was buried in the Timaru Cemetery, along with his infant sister Maude in 1880. Richard Henry Bright was educated variously at Phillipstown School, Christchurch, Christchurch East School, and Arthur Street School, Dunedin. Mrs Bright, who died in 1894 at the age of 42, and her husband, William Robert Bright, who died suddenly at his lodgings in Christchurch in September 1911, are buried in Avonside Cemetery, Christchurch.
Richard Bright enlisted with the Australian Imperial Force on 8 September 1915 at Sydney, New SouthWales. He was 34 years 6 months old, a jeweller, and single. Richard named his younger brother, Mr Thomas Linwood Bright, Box 494, G.P.O., Auckland, New Zealand, as next-of-kin. He had served for one year with Kitchener’s Light Horse in the Boer War. Gunner Richard Bright returned to Australia from England on 27 April 1919.
Richard married Daisy Melville in 1922 in New Zealand. He died on 30 July 1948 at Wellington, aged 67 years, and was buried in the Soldiers Section of Karori Cemetery, a services plaque marking his grave.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [30 March 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [23 April 2020]; St Mary’s Timaru Baptism records (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [16 April 2020]; School Admission records [23 April 2020]; Karori Cemetery headstone image & burial record (Wellington City Council) [22 April 2020]
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