26 April 2009

Victoria Cross: W. D. Wright


Lieutenant, 1st Battalion The Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment

Born: 20 September 1875, Gibraltar
Died: 25 Mar 1953, Cobham, Surrey

Citation: On 24th March, 1903 [in northern Nigeria], Lieutenant Wright with only one officer and forty-four men took up a position in the path of the advancing enemy, and sustained the determined charges of 1,000 horse and 2,000 foot for two hours, and when the enemy, after heavy losses, fell back in good order, Lieutenant Wright continued to follow them till they were in full retreat. The personal example of this officer, as well as his skilful leadership, contributed largely to the brilliant success of this affair. He in no way infringed his orders by his daring initiative, as, though warned of the possibility of meeting large bodies of the enemy, he had purposely been left a free hand.

Note: Later Brigadier General Wallace Duffield Wright VC CB CMG DSO.

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