(Service number 27410)

First Rank Sergeant Last Rank


Date 18 July 1885 Place of Birth Dunedin

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Cricklewood, Timaru
Occupation Farmer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin B. WRIGHT, Cricklewood, Timaru
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Reinfrocements, J Company
Date 19 January 1917
Transport Waitemata
Embarked From Destination Plymouth, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
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Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 23 March 1936 Age 50 years
Place of Death Pongaroa
Cause Sudden collapse
Notices Press, 27 March 1936
Memorial or Cemetery Mangatainoka Cemetery, Pahiatua
Memorial Reference Block 6, Plot 14
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Bryce Wright, born on 18 July 1885 at Dunedin, was the oldest son of Bryce and Jessie (née Russell) Wright. He was educated at Totara School near Oamaru, Oamaru South School, and Gapes Valley School, leaving there for Geraldine in 1896. Bryce was farming at Cricklewood when he enlisted. He married Helen Constance Dare (Constance) in 1921.

Bryce Wright died very suddenly on 23 March 1936, collapsing while he was attending a stock sale at Pongaroa. He had taken up a farm at Ttiraumea in about 1919. It was in 1919 that his mother died suddenly at her home at Cricklewood. He left his widow and four young children - a son (a student at Waitaki Boys’ High School) and three daughters. His brother, Gray Russell Wright, also served in World War I, embarking with the Main Body in 1914.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [11 May 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [11 May 2020]; School Admission records [11 May 2020]; Pahiatua Cemetery record (Tararua District Council [11 May 2020]; Timaru Herald, 17 March 1919, Otago Daily Times, 22 March 1919, Press, 22 March 1919, 27 March 1936, Manawatu Standard, 25 March 1936, Wairarapa Daily Times, 25 March 1936, Manawatu Times, 25 March 1936 (Papers Past) [14 May 2020]

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