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  • Name: Theodore WRIGHT
  • D.O.B: 15th May, 1883
  • D.O.A: 23rd August, 1914
  • D.O.D: 14th September, 1914
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Captain, 57th Field Company, Corps of Royal Engineers

Mariette Lock, west of Mons, Belgium 23 August 1914; Vailly-sur-Aisne, France 14 September 1914

23 August and 14 September 1914

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The First World War 1914 

During the German assault on the British Expeditionary Force along the Mons-Condé Canal in Belgium on 23 August 1914, Captain T Wright was Adjutant of 3rd Division, Royal Engineers, with responsibility for the proposed destruction of eight canal bridges near Jemappes (see also C A Jarvis VC). At Mariette Lock, 3½ miles west of Mons, he attempted to fix an exploder (electrical detonator) to the leads attached to the charges. This necessitated swinging under a bridge over the parallel subsidiary canal to reach the leads on the towpath. However each time he reached above the level of the towpath he was fired on by the Germans and eventually had to give up the attempt. While swinging himself back under the first bridge he fell exhausted into the subsidiary canal, but was rescued by Sergeant Smith, who was accompanying him. On 6 September at the Battle of the Marne the Allies halted the German advance and then forced the Germans to retreat to the River Aisne. To attack their positions there the Allies needed to rebuild the bridges the Germans had destroyed or damaged. On the night of 13-14 September, 56 and 57 Field Companies built a pontoon bridge at Vailly-sur-Aisne, east of Soissons, to supplement a damaged road bridge. Wright was killed while helping men to cross.

Citation

 Gallantry at Mons on 23rd August in attempting to connect up the lead to demolish a bridge under heavy fire; although wounded in the head he made a second attempt. At Vailly, on 14th September, he assisted the passage of the 5th Cavalry Brigade over the pontoon bridge and was mortally wounded whilst assisting wounded men into shelter. 

Third Supplement to The London Gazette of 13 November 1914. 16 November 1914, Numb. 28976, p. 9374. Repeated in The London Gazette of 17 November 1914, Numb. 28977, p. 9403

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