078 – Private Arthur Dudley Wright

Private Arthur Dudley Wright 40th Battalion

Dudley was a 20 year old farmer from New River, Ringarooma. He enlisted on 19th July 1916 and was allotted to the 3rd reinforcements for the 40th Battalion sailing from Australia on the HMAT A49 Seang Choon, departing from Melbourne on 23 September 1916.

Arthur was taken on strength on 2 April 1917 along with 39 other reinforcements. He managed to survive the Battalion’s baptism of fire at Messines, but at the end of July, when the Battalion was just north of Messines involved in providing working parties, burying cable and digging new support lines he sustained serious gun shot wounds to head and shoulders. It was quite common for working parties to be snipped at or bombed. He was treated at Camiers and then evacuated to England. On 20 December he embarked for home and to be discharged.

Post war he returned to Ringarooma, he married Alice Johnson in 1930. Arthur died on 30 December 1975 aged 80 and is buried at Ringarooma.