WRIGHT, Grey Russell
(Service number 7/151)

First Rank Trooper Last Rank


Date 31 May 1891 Place of Birth Oamaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Cricklewood, South Canterbury
Occupation Farmer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Bryce WRIGHT, "Creelands", Cricklewood, South Canterbury
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation Main Body
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Canterbury Mounted Rifles
Date 16 October 1914
Transport Tahiti or Athenic
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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Date *1987 Age
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Gray Russell Wright, born on 31 May 1891 at Oamaru and named for his maternal grandfather, was the twin son of Bryce and Jessie (née Russell) Wright. He was educated at Gapes Valley, Cricklewood and Pleasant Point schools. Gray was farming with his father at “Creelands”, Cricklewood when he enlisted, leaving by the train from Fairlie on 12 August 1914 with the 8th South Canterbury Mounted Rifles men from Fairlie. He married Marion Jessie Boyd Roxburgh in 1927. His brother, Bryce Wright, who also served in World War I, died suddenly in 1936 at the age of 50. ,


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [11 May 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [11 May 2020]; School Admission records (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [11 May 2020]; Timaru Herald, 17 March 1919, Otago Daily Times, 22 March 1919, Press, 22 March 1919 (Papers Past) [14 May 2020]

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