Great War Dundee
This is Dundee's story of those that served in the First World War, and of the people left at home
- Date of enlistment:
- Place of enlistment: Bowhill, Fife
- Service no: 3/3085
- Rank: Private
- Service Occupation:
- Regiment/Service: Black Watch
- Unit/Ship: 1st Battalion
- Place of Death: France
- Age at Death:
- Date of Death: 25.01.1915
- Burial Country: France
- Cemetery: Le Touret Memorial
- Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 24 to 26
- Date of Birth:
- Place of Birth:
- Address: 307 Hilltown, Dundee
- Occupation: Miner
Allan, Frederick & David
Elizabeth McConnell (formerly Wright)
Jessie, born 19.08.1912 & William, born 20.12.1913
More about Robert Wright
Robert has no known grave but is remembered on the Le Touret Memorial. He was the brother of Pte David Wright, 2818, 5th Battalion Black Watch, who died of wounds, 08.09.1916.
DUNDEE SOLDIER SEES BROTHER SHOT
AND CONVEYS NEWS TO DECEASED’S WIFE.
To witness his brother, Pte. Robert Wright, a Dundee member of the Black Watch, being shot through the heart was the experience of Pte. Allan Wright.
In a letter written by the latter—also a member of the 1st Black Watch—to deceased’s wife, who resides at 307 Hilltown, Dundee, he says :– “ I am sorry to tell you that Bob was killed on the afternoon of the 26th January. He was shot through the heart and fell dead—not a word crossing his lips. I have photographs which were in his possession of the two children. The bullet went right through the cards, which were in his breast pocket at the time of his death. A friend of mine buried him.”
Pte. Wright was employed as a carter with Messrs Mackay & Robbie, and later worked for a time in one of the Fifeshire collieries. Deceased has two other brothers, Frederick and David, serving with the colours. He is survived by a widow and two young children.
Dundee Courier 4th February 1915
Additional information and image kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell
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