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Is this man remembered in Moray?

 
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Kenneth Morrison



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 13, 2020 3:54 pm    Post subject: Is this man remembered in Moray? Reply with quote

Is this man remembered anywhere in Moray?

James Johnstone Wright age 30 Flying Officer (119102) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Died 6 October 1942 and listed on the Gibraltar Memorial.

The Aberdeen Weekly Journal - Thursday 15 October 1942 page 1 has:

"PILOT OFFICER JAMES WRIGHT, who has been killed on active service in the Middle East, was well known in North of Scotland Rugby circles. A native of Selkirk, he was for ten years engaged in the designing department of the woollen mills of Messrs James Johnston and Co., Newmill. Before joining the R.A.F. in 1940 he was emploved in a similar capacity at the Isla Bank Mills, Keith. Thirty years of age, he was an all-round sportsman, being Cricketer. Association and Rugby footballer. He was captain of the Moray Rugby Club and a national trialist on many occasions. He was unmarried."

He was commissioned from Sergeant (1023135) to Pilot Officer in January 1942 and promoted Flying Officer on 1 October but he was killed five days later when his Wellington bomber of No.1 Overseas Aircraft Delivery Unit disappeared while flying out to the Middle East.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2020 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

CWGC have is NoK as living in Selkirk. If he had no family in Moray I doubt he is on a civic memorial. Perhaps he was listed on a club or company roll of honour?

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2020 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Adam.
He was born in 1911 in Selkirk. Son of Andrew and Isabella (Johnstone) Wright of 6a Clifton Road, Selkirk.
He is named on the Selkirk War Memorial and on the Selkirk Parish Church memorial.
I just wondered that, after 10 years in Moray, he might have been mentioned somewhere. Might the rugby club have a memorial?
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