Wallace Duffield Wright
|Wallace Duffield Wright|
20 September 1875|
|Died||25 March 1953
|Buried at||Brookwood Cemetery|
|Years of service||1896 - 1940|
|Unit||Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey)
Northern Nigeria Regiment (attached)
|Battles/wars||Malakand Frontier War
World War I
World War II
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George
Companion of the Distinguished Service Order
Mentioned in Dispatches
|Other work||Member of Parliament (Conservative Party)|
Brigadier General Wallace Duffield Wright VC, CB, CMG, DSO (20 September 1875 – 25 March 1953) was a recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
Victoria Cross action
On 26 February 1903 in Nigeria, "Lieutenant Wright, with only one [other] Officer and 44 men took up a position in the path of the advancing enemy 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 up until they were in full retreat.
The personal example of this Officer, as well as his skilful leadership, contributed largely to the brilliant success of the 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."
As Member of Parliament
In 1928, Wright was elected at a by-election as Conservative Member of Parliament for Tavistock following the death of the sitting MP Philip Kenyon-Slaney. He was re-elected at the 1929 general election, but stood down at the 1931 general election.
Honours and awards
|Victoria Cross (VC)||5 November 1903 by HM King Edward VII|
|Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB)|
|Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)||1916|
|Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO)||1918|
|East and West Africa Medal|
|British War Medal|
|Victory Medal with bronze palm for Mentioned in Dispatches|
|King George V Silver Jubilee Medal||1935|
|King George VI Coronation Medal||1937|
|Officer of the Legion of Honour||(France)|
- London Gazette
- "Queen's Royal Surreys". Retrieved 2012-09-15.
- The London Gazette: 11 September 1903. Retrieved 14 September 2012
- Monuments to Courage (David Harvey, 1999)
- The Register of the Victoria Cross (This England, 1997)
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Wallace Duffield Wright
- Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment: Wallace Duffield Wright
- Location of grave and VC medal (Brookwood Cemetery)
- The Brookwood Cemetery Society (Known Holders of the Victoria Cross Commemorated in Brookwood Cemetery)
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Tavistock
Colin Mark Patrick