Wallace Duffield Wright
|Wallace Duffield Wright|
The grave of Wallace Duffield Wright in Brookwood Cemetery
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)
|Commands held||8th Infantry Brigade|
|Battles/wars||Malakand Frontier War
First World War
Second World War
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George
Distinguished Service Order
Mentioned in Despatches
Officer of the Legion of Honour (France)
|Other work||Member of Parliament (Conservative Party)|
Brigadier General Wallace Duffield Wright VC, CB, CMG, DSO (20 September 1875 – 25 March 1953) was a British soldier and politician. He was a recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest 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 skillful 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 (MP) 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 Despatches|
|King George V Silver Jubilee Medal||1935|
|King George VI Coronation Medal||1937|
|Officer of the Legion of Honour||(France)|
- The London Gazette: . 11 September 1903. Retrieved 2 April 2015.
- Linning, Stephanie. "Irreplaceable Victoria Crosses and priceless art and furniture are feared destroyed after massive blaze rips through 18th-century National Trust stately home". MailOnline. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
- Harper, Paul. "Clandon Park fire: Battle of the Somme football among historic items feared lost at Surrey Infantry Museum". Get Surrey. The Surrey Advertiser. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
- "Queen's Royal Surreys". Retrieved 2012-09-15.
- 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