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

Theodore Wright VC 1st proofCaptain Wright

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.”