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Thursday, December 1, 2022
Exploring Photos: Lt. William Wright

This week’s photo is a portrait of Lt. William J. Wright, a former principal of the Niagara High School (now the Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum building). Wright felt a strong duty to enlist and he was described with the following: “There is no braver or better-loved officer  than Lt. Wright; he never asks his men where he will not go himself.” He made the ultimate sacrifice on Aug. 18, 1917 in the attack at Hill 70, near Lens, France. He left behind his wife and three children. Letters in our collection from his wife Edith describe the unbearable grief she felt. She anticipates she will again “collapse” with grief when his comrades of the 19th Battalion return by ship to a celebration. She writes: “How different everything would be for us had he been coming (home) and what a different person I would have been.” The loss of these brave souls was, and still is, heartbreaking for many. Nov. 11 is an opportunity to remember those who fought for us back then and those who have since defended our borders and our values. It is also a time to reflect and be thankful for the families who made sacrifices on our behalf. The Legion’s ceremonies start at 10:30 a.m. on Friday,  Nov. 11. I hope to see you there. If you get the opportunity, visit the Court House on Queen Street and the NOTL Museum on Castlereagh Street and see our magnificent poppy display, which pays tribute to veterans.