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Auction archive: Lot number 785

AN EARLY AVIATORS DSO (ent BAR) GROUP OF

Estimate
£5,000 - £6,000
ca. US$6,600 - US$7,920
Price realised:
n. a.
Auction archive: Lot number 785

AN EARLY AVIATORS DSO (ent BAR) GROUP OF

Estimate
£5,000 - £6,000
ca. US$6,600 - US$7,920
Price realised:
n. a.
Beschreibung:

AN EARLY AVIATORS DSO (ent BAR) GROUP OF NINE MEDALS. A Distinguished Service Order in case of issue, awarded to Temp Major Warwick Wright RAF. British War & Victory Medals the latter with MID emblem , named to Lt Col W Wright RAF. 1939/45 & Africa Stars, Defence & War Medals unnamed as issued. Officer Legion d'Honnuer and Order of Leopold (Belgium), both unnamed as issued. Born in Edgbaston Birmingham in October 1879, the son of Joseph Wright a factory owner. Educated at Kings College and Manor House School, he joined his fathers business along with his elder brother at Tiptod, Staffs. Rather than a 'cushy number' he was an apprentice, when sent for experience to London Brighton & South Coast Railway Workshops. He also worked under his eldest brother Howard, in connection with Power Stations, then onto Marine Engineering. In 1909 Warwick and Walter started in the Motor Car Agency world, which led to his interest in Motor Racing. Later with his brothers he founded H T Wright Bros, building Aeroplanes at their works near Battersea Power Station. This blossomed into the racing of Motor Cars and Boats, as well as flying aeroplanes. In thev London Olympics 1908 he competed in the Games, in Motor Boating. He competed in an Austin Car in the French Grand Prix at Dieppe. A fellow member of his team was J T C Moore-Brabazon. He retired ahead of his fellow team members, whilst leading them with a blown engine. Postcards of W Wright and the Actress Zena Dare racing together, are known to exist. Racing had to take a rest as business took over, with Directorships of many a company. In Olympia 1910 Show, he exhibited a very pretty monoplane. His marraige in 1911 to Marie Grenfell was not too last. Still taking a part in racing on a reduced scale, he had anear miss when his Napier Car went over the Members Banking at Brooklands. This ended his participation in Motor Sport, then came 1914. Producing early Armoured Cars with RNAS, he decided at 38 years of age to seek a commission in the RNVR. Many strings were pulled to enable him to do so, as a Technical Officer. Later he was promoted to the rank of Lt Commander RNVR, thence Squadron Commander Naval Wing RFC. Sqdn Commander in charge of Aeroplane Supply Depot at Guines nr Calais. In the following year he was Mentioned in Despatches after the destruction of the Dunkirk Naval Base. He took 2,500 officers and men to Courbain as part of the Independent Air Force. Awarded the Distinguished Order in May 1918, the London Gazette states, Captain (Temp Major) Warwick Wright RAF promoted to Temp Lt Colonel whilst employed in the Technical Branch. For his services he was awarded the DSO in June of 1918. He was invested with it by the King at Buckingham Palace on September 26th 1918. After the war he started in business selling Sunbeam Talbot Cars, then divorcing his wife. Backing several business ventures the debts started to mount. Propped up by Rootes Brothers in 1928, they eventually took over his company. He then tried importing American Hupmobiles, which ceased when the company folded. Then onto Oldsmobiles, prior to various Bankruptcy Actions. With the War starting and aged 62 years, again he pulled strings and was recalled to the RAF. Seeing action in Greece and Crete he was awarded a bar to his DSO, giving his age as being seven years younger. He also married his third and surviving wife Margaret Hinton an American Colonels daughter. At his death in June 1945 it was stated, 'With the death of Colonel Wright at the age of 64, the Motor Industry has lost another pioneer'. Another wrote 'With the death of Colonel Wright, his many friends will be much grieved.' Sold with much photocopied details and the write up when sold by Lockdales, in their January 27th 2007 Sale. See Illustration Warwick Wright was an early aviator and indeed made some of the first Aircraft produced in England. See Illustration

Auction archive: Lot number 785
Auction:
Datum:
16 Nov 2017
Auction house:
Lawrences Auctioneers
South Street
The Linen Yard
Crewkerne, Somerset, TA18 8AB
United Kingdom
[email protected]
+44 (0)1 46073041
+44 (0)1460 279969
Beschreibung:

AN EARLY AVIATORS DSO (ent BAR) GROUP OF NINE MEDALS. A Distinguished Service Order in case of issue, awarded to Temp Major Warwick Wright RAF. British War & Victory Medals the latter with MID emblem , named to Lt Col W Wright RAF. 1939/45 & Africa Stars, Defence & War Medals unnamed as issued. Officer Legion d'Honnuer and Order of Leopold (Belgium), both unnamed as issued. Born in Edgbaston Birmingham in October 1879, the son of Joseph Wright a factory owner. Educated at Kings College and Manor House School, he joined his fathers business along with his elder brother at Tiptod, Staffs. Rather than a 'cushy number' he was an apprentice, when sent for experience to London Brighton & South Coast Railway Workshops. He also worked under his eldest brother Howard, in connection with Power Stations, then onto Marine Engineering. In 1909 Warwick and Walter started in the Motor Car Agency world, which led to his interest in Motor Racing. Later with his brothers he founded H T Wright Bros, building Aeroplanes at their works near Battersea Power Station. This blossomed into the racing of Motor Cars and Boats, as well as flying aeroplanes. In thev London Olympics 1908 he competed in the Games, in Motor Boating. He competed in an Austin Car in the French Grand Prix at Dieppe. A fellow member of his team was J T C Moore-Brabazon. He retired ahead of his fellow team members, whilst leading them with a blown engine. Postcards of W Wright and the Actress Zena Dare racing together, are known to exist. Racing had to take a rest as business took over, with Directorships of many a company. In Olympia 1910 Show, he exhibited a very pretty monoplane. His marraige in 1911 to Marie Grenfell was not too last. Still taking a part in racing on a reduced scale, he had anear miss when his Napier Car went over the Members Banking at Brooklands. This ended his participation in Motor Sport, then came 1914. Producing early Armoured Cars with RNAS, he decided at 38 years of age to seek a commission in the RNVR. Many strings were pulled to enable him to do so, as a Technical Officer. Later he was promoted to the rank of Lt Commander RNVR, thence Squadron Commander Naval Wing RFC. Sqdn Commander in charge of Aeroplane Supply Depot at Guines nr Calais. In the following year he was Mentioned in Despatches after the destruction of the Dunkirk Naval Base. He took 2,500 officers and men to Courbain as part of the Independent Air Force. Awarded the Distinguished Order in May 1918, the London Gazette states, Captain (Temp Major) Warwick Wright RAF promoted to Temp Lt Colonel whilst employed in the Technical Branch. For his services he was awarded the DSO in June of 1918. He was invested with it by the King at Buckingham Palace on September 26th 1918. After the war he started in business selling Sunbeam Talbot Cars, then divorcing his wife. Backing several business ventures the debts started to mount. Propped up by Rootes Brothers in 1928, they eventually took over his company. He then tried importing American Hupmobiles, which ceased when the company folded. Then onto Oldsmobiles, prior to various Bankruptcy Actions. With the War starting and aged 62 years, again he pulled strings and was recalled to the RAF. Seeing action in Greece and Crete he was awarded a bar to his DSO, giving his age as being seven years younger. He also married his third and surviving wife Margaret Hinton an American Colonels daughter. At his death in June 1945 it was stated, 'With the death of Colonel Wright at the age of 64, the Motor Industry has lost another pioneer'. Another wrote 'With the death of Colonel Wright, his many friends will be much grieved.' Sold with much photocopied details and the write up when sold by Lockdales, in their January 27th 2007 Sale. See Illustration Warwick Wright was an early aviator and indeed made some of the first Aircraft produced in England. See Illustration

Auction archive: Lot number 785
Auction:
Datum:
16 Nov 2017
Auction house:
Lawrences Auctioneers
South Street
The Linen Yard
Crewkerne, Somerset, TA18 8AB
United Kingdom
[email protected]
+44 (0)1 46073041
+44 (0)1460 279969
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