A Poppy
A Poppy

Memorials & Monuments
on the Isle of Wight
- Biography -
- J H Wright -


John Henry Wright, son of Mr and Mrs F C Wright, husband of Muriel Wright, of Lake, Isle of Wight
His name is recorded on the Lake War Memorial, and the Brading War Memorial

Service details

Petty Officer P/J 114776 J H Wright, H.M.S. Marne, Royal Navy

CWGC record ...

Date of Death :12th November 1942 aged 34.
Commemorated at :Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire.
Ship :H.M.S. Marne : G35
1,920 tons; 3 x 2 4.7 Inch guns; 1 off 4 Inch AA; 1 off 4 Inch TT
Crew :190 Officers and Men

H.M.S. Marne was struck by a torpedo from German U-boat U515 whilst West of Gibraltar during Operations in support of the North Africa landings. U515 sunk a total of 23 ships and damaged 4 others before being sunk herself by a United States aircraft; 43 crew were captured, 15 hands lost. U515's Captain, Commander Werner Henke[+], a Knights Cross holder with Oak Leaves, was later shot escaping from a USA prison camp.

Information provided by : John Bloodworth

[+] Korvettenkapitan zur See Werner Henke, was born on 13th May 1909, and died at Fort Hunt, a secret interrogation center, near Washington DC. His body was transferred to Fort George G Meade in Maryland, USA on 15 June 1944. He is buried in grave 8 at Fort Meade.

Information provided by : German War Graves Agency


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