James Adamson Wright signature

On this day in 1916 James Adamson Wright, a seaman, signed up in Midland, Ontario. He was born on January 9th, 1894 in Deseronto, the son of Richard Wright and Effie (née Sager).

James joined the 157th Battalion with the regimental number 644538. He was five feet three inches tall, with a fair complexion, grey eyes and light brown hair. He married Hazel Elizabeth Peacock (who was born in Michigan) in Barrie on February 21st, 1917.His service record shows that he left Canada in May 1917 on the SS Metagama.

Wright arrived in France on November 19th, 1917 and joined the 4th Battalion. He suffered a shrapnel wound to the left arm in August 1918 and was sent back to Canada in January 1919 (this journey was also on the Metagama). He was demobilized in Toronto on February 7th, 1919. They left Canada, heading for Saginaw, Michigan, in March 1920. James died there on June 16th, 1975.