Wright, George James (Corporal, 10th Bn, AIF b.1884 - d.1959)

Unit 10th Australian Infantry Battalion
Accession Number PR86/308
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 2cm
Object type Diary, Manuscript
Maker Wright, Lyle
Place made Belgium, France
Date made 1917-1919; 1986
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM315 419/119/019
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copying Provisions Copying is permitted for the purposes of research and study, subject to physical condition

Collection relating to 7576 Corporal (Cpl) George James Wright, who served with the 10th Battalion AIF in France and Belgium from 1917-1919. Comprises three original pocket sized handwritten diaries, and a spiral bound manuscript titled 'A gentle man goes to war: An ordinary soldier's account of his experiences in World War 1' compiled in 1986 by his son, Lyle Wright. Cpl Wright's diaries begin on 27 October 1917 describing his departure from Australia, and include his journey to England via the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans and the Panama canal. He details his action in France as an infantryman and a stretcher bearer, as well as his wounding and convalescence in Belgium. The diaries conclude with his demobilisation in 1919. The manuscript includes a typescript of Cpl Wright's diaries, additional information about the author and diary, a photocopy of Cpl Wright's military service records from the National Archives of Australia, and a copy a studio photograph of Cpl Wright in uniform.