Private James Wright


James Wright was born on 29 October 1896 at St John's Place, Larne, County Antrim, the third of six children of labourer (later farmer) John Wright and his wife Elizabeth (née Morrow). By the time of the 1911 Census he was living at Doonan, Glencloy, County Antrim, with his parents and his four surviving siblings, and working on the family farm.

Wright enlisted in the North Irish Horse between 7 and 10 October 1916 (No.2288). He trained at the regiment's reserve camp at Antrim.

On 30 April 1917 he was one of ten North Irish Horsemen who transferred to the Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry) (No.105378). They embarked for France soon after this.

Wright remained with the MGC (Cavalry) until the end of the war. On 9 November 1919 he was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.

On 14 May 1919 he married Elizabeth Wright in the Glenarm Presbyterian Church.