Andrew WRIGHT
Rank: Private
Number: 13580
Unit: 2nd Battalion COLDSTREAM GUARDS
Date of Death: 16 September 1916
Age:
Cemetery: Guards Cemetery, Lesboeufs, Somme, France

Nothing is known of Andrew's life, except that regimental records published after the War record that he had been born in Stockport and was living there when he enlisted into the army in Manchester.

In the early part of September 1916, the Battalion had been in reserve billets but, on the night of the 14/15th, it moved forward to assembly positions near Ginchy, ready for an attack the next morning. This was to be a significant assault as part of the ongoing Battle of the Somme which had started on 1 July and would involve the use of tanks for the first time.

Andrew and his comrades attacked at 6am. As they advanced into the open from Ginchy Wood, they came under heavy fire from machine guns and rifles which caused many casualties. Two lines of trenches were captured about 250 yards in front of their starting positions and they moved on to their main objective about 1000 yards away. This was captured at about 7.15am and the men dug-in to consolidate the gains.

The night of 15/16 September was fairly quiet, but in the morning the Germans started to shell the captured positions and this continued all day. Andrew was, presumably killed by the shelling.

   
           
   
     
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