The exceptionally rare Great War Atlantic, Dardanelles, Mediterranean, White Sea and Aegean operations, and Iraq Rebellion ‘Iraq 1919-1920’ clasp recipient, Second World War and long service group awarded to Petty Officer C.E. Wright, Royal Navy, who having seen extensive service right through the Great War aboard cruisers, then went on to see service post-war with Triad, the depot ship out in the Persian Gulf from January 1920 to December 1921. During this period, he found himself on detached or loaned service in tenders, tugs and river craft operating within the boundaries of Iraq at the time of the Rebellion there, and became one of only a very small number of men, 129 in all, who were awarded the Naval General Service Medal 1909-1962 with clasp Iraq 1919-1920. In all 9 officers, 103 ratings, and 17 Royal Marines earned this clasp. Awarded his long service medal in July 1928, this was later presented to him. He was first pensioned in June 1935, but rejoined in February 1936, and from April 1937 to June 1938 was serving at Shanghai in China aboard river gunboats operating on the Yangtze. Discharged again in February 1939, he however then saw pensioned service from March 1939, and from March 1941 was with the training establishment Glendower, this being located at Butlin's Pwllheli in Caernarfonshire, north Wales.
Group of 8: 1914-1915 Star; (J.11820. C.E. WRIGHT. A.B., R.N.); British War Medal and Victory Medal; (J.11820 C.E. WRIGHT. L.S. R.N.); Naval General Service Medal 1909-1962, GVR Adm. bust, 1 Clasp: Iraq 1919-1920; (J.11820 C.E. WRIGHT. L.S. R.N.); 1939-1945 Star; Defence Medal; War Medal; Royal Navy Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, GVR Adm. bust; (J.11820 C.E. WRIGHT. P.O. H.M.S. GANGES.)
Condition: first four and last polished, hence only about Very Fine.
Charles Eric Wright was born on 30th June 1895 in Meerut, India, and joined the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class (Chatham No.J.11820) with Ganges from 5th April 1911, and was advanced to Boy 1st Class whilst with Impregnable on 12th October 1911. Wright was rated as an Ordinary Seaman whilst with Vengeance on 30th June 1913. Wright joined the armoured cruiser Lancaster from September 1913, and was aboard her on the outbreak of the Great War as part of the 4th Cruiser Squadron on the North America and West Indies Station.
Wright who saw service in the gunnery branch, was aboard Lancaster when he was rated as an Able Seaman on 1st October 1914, and was posted back to Pembroke I from 12th December 1914. Posted to the cruiser Theseus from 16th June 1915, he saw service with her during the latter stages of the Dardanelles Campaign, and then on operations in the Mediterranean, before deployed with her to the White Sea in late 1916. Wright was promoted to Leading Seaman on 1st January 1918, and then saw service aboard her whilst she was used as a depot ship in the Aegean, being then posted to Pembroke I from 20th August 1918.
Posted to the destroyer depot ship Blake for service aboard the destroyer Serpedon from 23rd March 1919, seeing service with the local defence flotilla at the Nore. Wright transferred to the destroyer Tower from 26th April 1919, being posted back to Pembroke I from 12th May 1919.
Wright was then posted to Egmont, the base at Malta from 12th June 1919, and then out to Triad, the base ship in the Persian Gulf from 1st January 1920. Wright was then present on detached or loaned service in tenders, tugs and river craft operating within the boundaries of Iraq at the time of the Rebellion there. The Royal Navy saw service there on operations between 1st July 1919 and 17th November 1920, and Wright would remain with Triad out in the Persian Gulf through to December 1921. As such Wright became one of only a very small number of men, 129 in all, who were awarded the Naval General Service Medal 1909-1962 with clasp Iraq 1919-1920. In all 9 officers, 103 ratings, and 17 Royal Marines earned this clasp.
Wright was posted back to Pembroke I from 3rd December 1921, and saw service aboard the cruiser Gibraltar from 16th May 1922 through to April 1923. Posted to Castor from May 1923, and to Calliope from May 1924, he was appointed and Acting Petty Officer whilst with Pembroke I on 17th November 1925, and then joined the aircraft carrier Ark Royal from December 1925 to February 1926. Wright was promoted to Petty Officer on 1st December 1926. Serving with Ganges from January 1927, he was with this training establishment when he was awarded the Royal Navy Long Service and Good Conduct Medal on 9th July 1928, and was presented with this medal on 2nd September 1928.
Wright was aboard Sussex from March 1929 to October 1931 when serving in the Mediterranean, and was eventually pensioned from service on 29th June 1935. He however then rejoined on 24th February 1936, and as a Petty Officer saw service out in the Mediterranean when stationed at Malta, being aboard the destroyer Wolsey from May 1936, and was still with her when she was placed in the Reserve at Malta in October 1936. He saw service aboard the minesweeper Derby from January 1927, and having been posted out to Hong Kong, then saw service with Tamar aboard the rescue tug Seamen from April 1927, before transferring to the gunboat and baseship Bee at Shanghai from April 1928, and serving aboard the gunboat Peterel there, patrolling the Yangtze River. Wright then transferred to the light cruiser Enterprise out on the China Station from June 1938, and was posted home to Pembroke I from July 1938, being discharged ashore again on 23rd February 1939, he however then found himself posted as a pensioned Petty Officer to Ganges from 16th March 1939, and was serving with this establishment on the outbreak of the Second World War, being based at Shotley overseeing recruits. Wright was then posted to the training establishment Glendower from 13th March 1941, this being located at Butlin's Pwllheli in Caernarfonshire, north Wales. Wright was eventually released from service on 13th August 1945.