Alexander Wright

The body of Rifleman Alexander Wright of Portadown, Co. Armagh washed ashore at St. Nazaire. Records suggest he may have died in the sinking of S.S. Lancastria.


Alexander Wright


Rifleman Alexander Wright (7009511) served in 2nd Battalion, Royal Ulster Rifles during the Second World War. He was the third son of the late Sergeant Alexander Wright and Mrs. Wright of 33 Alexandra Gardens, Portadown, Co. Armagh. Sergeant Wright had served in 36th (Ulster) Division during The Great War. Alexander Jr. was the husband of Elizabeth “Lily” Wright of 1 Watsons Lane, Portadown, Co. Armagh and the couple had four young children.

Rifleman Wright died between 28th May 1940 and 23rd June 1940 aged 33 years old. Some sources list his date of death as 17th June 1940 and suggest he died as a result of the sinking of S.S. Lancastria. Newspaper reports from the time, state that the rifleman’s body washed ashore at St. Nazaire on 9th July 1940. His grave is in Collective Grave 4 of Le Clion-sur-Mer Communal Cemetery, France. His name is on the Portadown War Memorial, Portadown, Co. Armagh.

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