WRIGHT, GEORGE JOSEPH

Birthdate
Birthplace
Islington, Ontario, Canada
Age
22
Parents
Son of Samuel L. and Lila Edna Wright of Islington, Ontario, Canada
Religion
Church of England
Occupation
Tapper in steel plant
Service number
B/46600
Engagement
1941-04-28, Chippawa, Ontario, Canada
Overseas
1943-07-24, United Kingdom
Disembarked
1944-07-22, France
Date of death
1944-09-22
Died
Belgium, Accident
Force
Rank
Awards
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louise's), R.C.I.C.
Cemetery reference
Plot 3 | Row D | Grave 9
Grave Adopted
Unknown

"HE HELD THE TORCH, OUR LOVING SON, THEN GOD TO PEACE HIS SOUL WITHDREW"

Military grave
Additional info

Brother: Sgt. Samuel Lewis Wright, 423 Squadron R.C.A.F.

Court report:
B/46561 L/Cpl Martin, L.D.J. having been duly sworn states:
I am a member of the Scout Platoon of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada. On 22 Sep 44, in the field, at about 1200 hrs, I was standing at the back of our platoon truck which was parked sideways beside the wall of a house. I walked around the corner of the truck, between it and the wall. I was playing with a pistol, which I though was set on safety, when Pte. Wright cam around the front end of the truck. When he was about six feet from me the pistol fired, the bullet struck the wall beside Wright and ricochetted, hitting him.

"What were you doing with the pistol?"
"It was a matter of horseplay between Pte. Wright and myself. I went between the truck and the wall with the pistol in my hand. Wright came around the other end and had his pistol in his hand. He said to me: 'I have you covered' or words to that effect."

"Did you aim it at Pte. Wright?"
"No Sir. It was aimed to the right of Pte. Wright."

"Were you accustomed to playing games like this?"
"Yes Sir. We did it quite often."

In my opinion both B/46600, Pte. Wright, G.J. and B/46561, Pte. Martin, L.D.J., were negligent in that they were playing with loaded fire arms. Also in my opinion, the shot that was fired accidentally was not fired with any malice or anger. B/46600 Pte. Wright, G.J. was on duty. Pte. Martin, L.D.J. has been tried by FGCM on a charge of manslaughter and found NOT guilty. Pte. Wright was NOT guilty of improper conduct.
Lt. Col. J.D. Stewart.

WRIGHT, GEORGE JOSEPH
Location where the accident took place. Boekhoute, Belgium.

 

Boekhoute, Belgium - Temporary burial Algonquin
Temporary burial of 14 Canadian soldiers. Boekhoute churchyard, Belgium 1944.