Jack Wright

Light Horse/4 Sqn AFC

John Wright was born in Quirindi January 1893. Pre war he worked as a Factory Manager and lived in Wahroonga a northern suburb of Sydney. He enlisted on August 13th, 1915 and served with the 12th Light Horse Regiment in the Middle East.

In December 1916 he was accpted as an Air Mechanic with No. 68 (Australian) Sqn. R.F.C. where he as employed as a lorry driver. The squadron relocated to France and during June 1917, Wright was selected for pilot training. After only 3and a half hours dual training, Jack soloed, and eventually gained his wings on September 29th, 1917. After further training he was posted to 4 Squadron AFC and would be part of the occupation forces post war.

Wright joined up again in WW2, but left his flying days behind him, serving as a Lieutenant Colonel with the 2/15th Field Regiment, which was part of the 8th Division. Captured at the fall of Singapore, Jack would spend the rest of the war as a POW.

You can read about his expreiences during World War 1, His autobiography "From Horses to Horsepower" appears below in .pdf format. Click on the image to open the file;

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