15 may 1897
24 november 1899
15 april 1901
4 september 1912
17 february 1915
25 may 1915
After serving in the Royal Warwickshire Militua he obtained a commission as Second Lieutenant in the 1st Battalion of the 'Fifty Fifth'.
Took part in the Soudan campaign under Lord Kitchener, being present at the Battle of Omdurman and the capture of Khartoum for which he received the Queen's Medal and the Egyptian Medal with clasp.
Later he was employed in the occupation of Crete and then under Lord Methuen served throughout the South African campaign.
Here he took part in the advance on Kimberley , including the actions at Belmont , Enslin , Modder River and Magersfontein.
Afterwards he took part in the operations in the Orange Free State
The operations in the Transvaal including the actions at Venterskroom and Rhenoster River.
Twice Mentioned in Despatches ( London Gazette 9 july and 10 september 1901)
He received the Distinguished Service Order for his services at Lichtenburg and the Queen's medal with four clasps and the King's Medal with two clasps.
He was selected to represent his regiment at the coronation of King Edward VII.
Was on the North West Frontier of India and was seriously wounded while serving in the Mohmand campaign
Appointed as instructor at the Royal Military College Sandhurst
Joined the 2nd Bn. Northumberland Fusiliers when they where in France
Killed in action on the Menin Road
His regiment had practically been wiped out on the 13th ,a dn when he heard of this he insisted on leaving Boulognen where he was in hospital, and going back to reform the regiment.
He arrived at Headquarters , west of Ypres , 21 may 1915 , and there found 85 worn-out men of his Battalion and about 450 of the 5th Fusiliers and Durham Light Infantry , and 15 officers , a new draft which had just arrived, all from the same depot.
These he formed into a Battalion, and on Sunday 23 May , was ordered to join the Brigade - only two clear days to form a new regiment.
They marched between 15 and 29 miles on a sweltering hot day, losing several men on the way under shell fire.
They arrived at the Menin Road on the 24th and were ordered out into support at 6 am.
Wreford-Brown was commanding.
At about 1 pm he received orders to advance to a certain point and attack a position which was allotted to him.
The Battalion shortly after leaving its support position came under heavy fire,a nd for a distance of two and a half miles across country of open fields of buttercups, was continually under high explosive fire and shrapnel, machine and rifle fire.
The Regiment was formed up for the attack on the ridge which they took but with very heavy casualties.
Ten of the officers were wounded in this leaving Wreford-Brown and two lieutenants.
These and the remaining men dug themselves in , and on getting to the ridge they found the Germans very strong in a farm called Wieltje.
It looked as if the Germans were on three sides of them.
The regiment on the right could not be found, and two companies of the 5th were taking on three miles of Germans.
At 7 pmhe sent word as to his position and the heavy casualties.
The answer came back : ' You must try and take it and hold it at all costs.'
One of the captains in the firing line who was wounded and lying in a ditch reports that Wreford-Brown told him to go back to hospital and congratulated him on getting back to England wounded and said ' Good-bye , old fellow I shall not see you again.'
I am ordered to attack the place, it is hopeless, but I shall lead my men to it.' and with that he turned to his men and called for a rifle and bayonet and said :' Now we will make the final charge of the Mohicans.' which he did , leading the men.
The Germans had 20 to 25 machine guns concentrated on them.
He fell 10 yards from the German trench mortally wounded.
The remaining Lieutenant reformed for a second attack and got wounded; the remaining few retired back to the trench behind the hedge, which they had dug after gaining the ridge.
Only one officer got back safely and he was with the machine gun a long way behind which did not come into action.
The regiment on the right had been delayed and came up afterwards.
In the opinion of all he was shot several times and was certainly killed.
Several attempts were made to recover his body but it lay between two German trenches, and it was impossible owing to their withering fire.
The Commander in Chief came round himself and thanked the survivors for their bravery.
His brother officers bore general testimony to his capability and great courage.
Date of Death:
Marital status :
Wright George Henry
1st/4th Bn. King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment
31 july 1917
Son of George and Eliza Jane Wright, of 58, St. Thomas St., Netherton, Dudley, Worcs.
Ypres Menin Gate Memorial