Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria (12 November 2020)

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Date of Auction: 12th November 2020

Sold for £420

Estimate: £200 - £240

Pair: Private D. W. Wright, 33rd Australian Infantry Battalion, Australian Imperial Force, who was killed in action during the offensive near Bray-Sur-Somme, France, 22 August 1918

British War and Victory Medals (5143 Pte. W. D. Wright 33 Bn. A.I.F.); Memorial Plaque (William David Wright) very fine (3) £200-£240


William David Wright was born in Glebe, Sydney, Australia in 1888. A brass turner by occupation, he attested for the Australian Imperial Force on 18 July 1915 and was appointed to the 13th Reinforcements, 18th Battalion at Liverpool, New South Wales. Embarking from Sydney the following June, he arrived Plymouth, England on 3 August 1916 and proceeded to France where, on 30 September, he was taken on the strength of the 33rd Australian Infantry Battalion as part of the 9th Australian Brigade, 3rd Australian Division.

Wright was killed in action near Bray-sur-Somme by being shot through the stomach by a machine gun bullet after the Battalion had gained their objectives on 22 August 1918. He is buried in Bray Hill British Cemetery, Bray-Sur-Somme, France.

Private Wright’s medals and Memorial Plaque were sent to his mother, Edith Wright of Rockdale, New South Wales.

Note: This lot is available for viewing in Swanbourne, Western Australia, by appointment with our Australasian representative, John Burridge.