Fight Sub-Lieutenant D. R. C. Wright
SAC 1906-1909

Clifford Weldon TravisFlight Sub-Lieutenant Douglas Ross Cameron Wright was the grandson of Sir M. C. Cameron, of Toronto, Canada; son of Mrs. E. Corbould (formerly Wright), of New Westminster, British Columbia; husband of Eva Margaret Wright, of "Millbrook," King's Rd. West, Swanage, Dorset. He attended St. Andrew's College from 1906 to 1909.

He joined the Royal Naval Air Service on 29 February 1916 as an Observer and, after attending the requisite schools, was posted to #3 Wing on 15 November as crew aboard a Handley-Page 1460 bomber. The next several months were relatively uneventful until 23 April when his aircraft “turned over while starting” resulting in a sprained ankle. Good news came the following month when his application for flight school was approved and was sent to Cranwell for training. He graduated 26 September 1917 and was posted to Dunkirk.

On 23 December 1917, his flight was scheduled to conduct a low-altitude patrol. Shortly after take-off weather conditions forced the return of the flight. Upon reaching the aerodrome his Sopwith Camel went into a spin and crashed, killing Flight Sub Lieutenant Wright immediately. The cause of the crash was never determined. At the age of 25, Douglas Wright left behind a widow, Eva Margaret, and a young son in Dorset.

He is buried in the Dunkirk Town Cemetery, Nord, France (Grave or Reference Panel Number: IV. A. 3.)

  • Canadian Virtual War Memorial page for  D. R. C. Wright. This page also includes a link to his commemoration on Page 582 of the First World War Book of Remembrance