Corporal SYDNEY FRANCIS WRIGHT (photo added)

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Rank Corporal
Forenames SYDNEY FRANCIS
Surname WRIGHT (photo added)
Initials S F
Place of Birth HOUNSLOW, MIDDLESEX, UNITED KINGDOM
Date of Birth Unknown
Date of Death Saturday, 24 June 1944
Age 29
Nationality British
Residence or Entered Service From PEACEHAVEN, SUSSEX, UNITED KINGDOM
Service Number 63519177
Force British Army
Service/Corps/Regiment Reconnaissance Corps, Royal Armoured Corps
Unit / Ship / Battalion / Squadron 43 Reconnaissance Regiment (2/5 Battalion, The Glocestershire Regiment) (43rd Wessex Infantry Division)
Military Honours and Awards
Place of Burial/Commemoration DIVES SUR MER COMMUNAL CEMETERY
Roll of honour
Grave/Memorial Location
Previous Place(s) of Burial Lost at Sea
Epitaph
Family Details SON OF MR. AND MRS. W.S. WRIGHT AND STEPSON OF MR F.O. RUSSELL; HUSBAND OF DORIS WRIGHT, OF PEACEHAVEN, SUSSEX.

Additional Information

 

 

Corporal SYDNEY FRANCIS WRIGHT, undated.1

 

 

SYDNEY FRANCIS WRIGHT was born in Hounslow, Middlesex (London) in 1914.

 

He was one of many men from 43 Reconnaissance Regiment who were killed on the 24th June 1944, when the ship they were being transported on was blown up by a mine and are now buried or commemorated in Normandy, France.

 

The ship, Motor Vessel (MV) Derrycunihy Motor Transport Ship (MTS) T72, was anchored off SWORD Beach on the night of the 23rd June 1944. Weather conditions prevented the 600 men from 43 Reconnaissance Regiment disembarking that day. The following morning, the weather had improved and as the captain began preparing to move the ship, a German mine beneath the ship detonated. The DerryCunihy split in two. The forward section of the ship remained afloat but the stern section sank within a minute.

 

An amunition truck on the ship also exploded, and spilled oil and fuel ignited on the surface of the the ship and on the sea around the stricken vessel. 177 men from 43 Reconnaissance Regiment died, 167 of them were never recovered and are now commemorated on Bayeux War Memorial. Corporal SYDNEY FRANCES WRIGHT is one of the 10 men who is buried in Normandy. It was the highest single loss of life off the Normandy beaches during the Normandy Campaign in 1944.2

 

 

Motor Vessel (MV) Derrycunihy Motor Transport Ship (MTS) T72,
after being hit by a mine explosion on the 24th June 1944.3

 

 

References
1. Photograph kindly provided by Simon Allan, grandson of Corporal SYDNEY FRANCIS WRIGHT.
2. Compiled by Carl Shilleto.
3. Photograph kindly provided by Anne Smith, daughter of Trooper SIDNEY COLE.

 

Acknowledgements and Credits
Source of original data: Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Memorial photograph: Carl Shilleto
Cross marker photograph:  
Individual photograph: Photograph kindly provided by Simon Allan, grandson of Corporal SYDNEY FRANCIS WRIGHT.
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