Theodore Wright V.C. – Blue Plaque Unveiling Ceremony

Photographs ©Tony Mould: My Brighton and Hove.

With thanks to Tony for his kind permission to use his pictures of the unveiling ceremony. A splendid event blessed with fine weather and befitting to this local war hero. Brighton Argus coverage here.
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119 Lansdowne Place, Hove

11.30 Standards Muster with Official Party at Wavertree House, Somerhill Road

11.40 Standards March on with Official Party

11.50 Arrival of Her Worshipful The Mayor of The City of Brighton & Hove, Cllr. Lynda Hyde

11.55 Arrival of The Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Mr Peter Field

Welcome address by

Her Worshipful The Mayor of The City of Brighton & Hove Cllr. Lynda Hyde

Address by Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Brown, Royal Engineers.

The unveiling of the commemorative plaque by The Lord Lieutenant

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One minute silence


Wreath and flag laying by Mr. Dudley Button, Royal British Legion

Family to lay flowers


by The Venerable Martin Lloyd Williams, The Archdeacon of Brighton and Lewes

National Anthem led by

The Salvation Army trumpeter Mr. Bram Warren

Closing address by

Roger Amerena, Interim Chairman, Brighton and Hove Commemorative Plaque Panel.


Official Party and Guests proceed to Wavertree House.

Public Unveiling of Captain Theodore Wright V.C. on 6th May 2016

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Friday 6th May 2016 11.30am for noon
Public Ceremony at 119 Lansdowne Place, Hove

All welcome.

Theodore Wright was born at 119 Lansdowne Place, Hove, on 15th May 1883. He was educated at Clifton College and went to the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich. In October 1902 he joined the Royal Engineers and after serving in Gibraltar and Cairo he was made Lieutenant in June 1905.

At the start of the First World War Captain Wright was serving in the 57th Field Company of the Royal Engineers. He was immediately sent to France with the British Expeditionary Force and arrived at Mons on 22nd August 1914. The following day he was detailed to supervise the destruction of eight bridges over the canal.

It was whilst attempting to connect the leads under one bridge that Theodore Wright earned his Victoria Cross. Although wounded by shrapnel early in the operation, Wright continued to set charges under the bridges. Working with Lance-Corporal Charles Jarvis, they managed to destroy Jemappes Bridge.

At Vailly, on the 14th September 1914, Theodore Wright assisted the passage of the 5th Cavalry Brigade over a pontoon bridge and was mortally wounded whilst assisting wounded men to shelter. An officer of the Scots Greys wrote in a letter later “At the end of the bridge was an Engineer officer repairing bits blown off and putting down straw as cool as a cucumber – the finest thing I ever saw. The poor fellow was killed just after my troops got across. No man earned a better Victoria Cross.”