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A South Australia Australian war veteran needs your help.
Posted by: Jmes Gray (ID *****3396) Date: September 13, 2012 at 19:09:24
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I have been working with the Lake Terrace Cemetery in Mt Gambier to acquire a free bronze memorial plaque from the American Veterans Administration for Mr. Richard W. Wright, a South Australia Australian American Civil War veteran, whose gravesite remains unmarked; but after 10 years the American Veterans Administration in the United States have "changed" the rules. They will no longer accept a request from a cemetery, but 'now' demand acknowledgement from a descendant to act on their behalf.

South Australian veteran Richard W. Wright was born in the parish of Boxley, Maidstone, Kent England in 1833, migrated to the United States, officially enlisted on September 5, 1864 for a period of one year as a Corporal in the U. S. Marine Corps, which served aboard Navy ships, was discharged on September 16, 1865 and migrated to South Australia where he became an Australian.

Richard Wright died at 79 years of age on a Friday, September 6, 1912 and was buried in Section B plot 121, also in the Lake Terrace Cemetery in Mt Gambier; without a headstone. Richard Wright was survived by his two sons, Mr. Joseph Wright who was the Librarian of the Mount Gambier Institute and Mr. James R. Wright of Mount Gambier.

Joseph Wright, his son, aged 83, died on 16 November 1940 at Kent Town in a hospital. He lived at Newstead, which was an Adelaide suburb. There was also a Joseph, aged 24, son of Richard Wright, who on 20 December 1881 married Alice Jane Carr at Christ Church, Mount Barker. Although he was born in 1857 also, we cannot know if he was the same man as the one found in the SA deaths database.

If anyone knows of ”any” descendant of Mr. Richard W. Wright they are asked to please contact James Gray immediately; at, phone 07 3801 3400 or by post at 11 Corndale Street, Loganholme, Qld., Au., 4129.

If you can find one of his descendants, we can move forward with acquiring a free marker for this Australian veterans gravesite.


James M. Gray, Cmdr.
Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc
SCV Camp 2160, Australia

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