Albert Wright signature

On this day in 1916 Albert Wright signed up in Deseronto. He was born in Deseronto on April 29th, 1878, the son of John Wright and Sophia (née Allan). Sophia had died in October 1915.

Albert joined the 155th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force with the regimental number 637114. He was five feet eight inches tall, with a dark complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. His service record shows that he sailed from Halifax on the SS Northland in October 1916 and arrived in France on March 15th, 1917, where he served with the Canadian Railway Troops. He was admitted to hospital in December 1918, suffering from dizziness and general pain and was diagnosed as being mentally unstable (‘psychasthenia‘). Wright was invalided home to Canada and discharged in Kingston on July 17th, 1919 as medically unfit, to the custody of the Special Committee on Returned Soldiers.

In 1921 Wright was back in Deseronto, living with his father and his older brother William. He died on February 20th, 1946.