Wright, Air Mechanic Class II Frederick Charles (473)

No 67 (Australian) Sqn RFC

Frederick Wright came from Ararat, Victoria, and worked as a Clerk before joining the AFC in Melbourne when he was 23 on 29 May 1916. He was classified as a photographer with the rank of Air Mechanic Class II and departed Melbourne as part of the 2nd Reinforcements to No 67 (Australian) Sqn RFC on RMS Malwa on 25 July 1916. After arrival in Egypt he joined the squadron and worked in the unit darkroom developing photographs. He was hospitalised twice in 1917 with minor ailments.

On 29 August 1917 he was found in the tent that was both his sleeping quarters and the darkroom at Deir El Belah aerodrome with a fatal revolver bullet wound to the head. It was determined that three rounds had been fired from the revolver, two from the sleeping quarters and one in the darkroom. The revolver was one that had been reported as missing in May 1917. A Court of Enquiry found that there was insufficient evidence to conclude if AM Wright’s injury was self-inflicted or otherwise.

AMII F C Wright is buried in Grave A 235 at Deir El Belah War Cemetery, Palestine.

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