South Africa Boer War Talana and Defence of Ladysmith long service group awarded to Sergeant later Company Sergeant Major T. Wright, 1st Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment, later Army Gymnastics Staff, who was present in action at the Battle of Talana on 20th October 1899, and then during the Defence of Ladysmith which lasted from 3rd November 1899 through to 28th February 1900, later seeing action at Laing’s Nek and Belfast. Appointed the Regimental Sergeant Instructor in fencing and gymnastics in December 1902, he received his long service me

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South Africa Boer War Talana and Defence of Ladysmith long service group awarded to Sergeant later Company Sergeant Major T. Wright, 1st Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment, later Army Gymnastics Staff, who was present in action at the Battle of Talana on 20th October 1899, and then during the Defence of Ladysmith which lasted from 3rd November 1899 through to 28th February 1900, later seeing action at Laing’s Nek and Belfast. Appointed the Regimental Sergeant Instructor in fencing and gymnastics in December 1902, he received his long service medal in October 1910, and then re-enlisted during the Great War, seeing home service from April 1915 to December 1917 as a Company Sergeant Major with the Army Gymnastics Staff.

Group of 3: Queen’s South Africa Medal 1899-1902, 4 Clasps: Talana, Defence of Ladysmith, Laing’s Nek, Belfast, awarded to Private A. Bromley, 1st Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment, who saw service during the Boer War in action at the battle of Talana on 20th October 1899, before being present during the defence of Ladysmith from 3rd November 1899 through to 28th February 1900, and then later a Laing’s Nek and Belfast.

Queen’s South Africa Medal 1899-1902, 4 Clasps: Talana, Defence of Ladysmith, Laing’s Nek, Belfast; (2915 SEJT. T. WRIGHT, 1: LEIC: REGT.); King’s South Africa Medal 1901-1902, 2 Clasps: South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902; (2915 SERJT: T. WRIGHT. LEICESTER: REGT); Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, EVII bust; (2915 C.SJT: T. WRIGHT. LEIC: REGT.)

Condition: some contact wear to first two, hence Very Fine.

Thomas Wright was born in Hickley, Leicestershire, and having worked as a shoe finisher, then attested for service with the British Army at Leicester on 11th December 1890, joining as a Private (No.2915) the Leicestershire Regiment. Appointed a Lance Corporal with the 2nd Battalion on 8th June 1892, he was tried, convicted and reduced to Private for conduct prejudice to good order and sentenced to 14 days hard labour and imprisonment on 25th May 1893, though the sentence was immediately reduced to 7 days. Released back to his unit and returned to duty on 1st June 1893, he was appointed to Lance Corporal again on 18th October 1894, and promoted to Corporal on 4th April 1896.

Transferring to the 1st Battalion out in South Africa on 24th December 1898, he was promoted to Lance Sergeant on 30th March 1899, and was serving in South Africa on the outbreak of the war. As such he was present in action at the battle of Talana on 20th October 1899, before being present during the defence of Ladysmith from 3rd November 1899 through to 28th February 1900. Promoted to Sergeant during the siege on 20th February 1900, Wright was later present in action at Laing’s Nek from 2nd to 9th June 1900, and at Belfast on 26th to 27th August 1900.

Posted to India on 7th November 1902, he was appointed the Regimental Sergeant Instructor in fencing and gymnastics on 3rd December 1902, and was promoted to Colour Sergeant on 8th May 1906, being posted home on 10th November 1906. Transferred to the Depot on 15th March 1907, he then transferred back to the 1st Battalion on 12th October 1909, and in the same month, was awarded the Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in Army Order No.270 of October 1910, and was eventually discharged on 10th December 1911.

Having then gone to work as a gymnastics instructor and living in Farncombe, Surrey, with the outbreak of the Great War, Wright then attested for short service for the duration of the war at Aldershot on 15th April 1915, and joining as a Private (No.124) the Army Gymnastics Staff. Promoted to Company Sergeant Major and Warrant Officer 2nd Class on the same date, he was discharged medically unfit on 7th December 1917 having seen home service throughout. Wright latterly lived in Farncombe near Godalming, Surrey, and died on 29th December 1949.