Medals relating to Private Edgar “Eddie” Wright, 1939–1965

Medals relating to Private Edgar “Eddie” Wright, 1939–1965
Historical note: 

Edgar Wright volunteered for the Australian Army from Britain. He was one of those posted to 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR), to replace the men lost in the battle of Maryang San in 1951, during the Korean War.

As a signaller, Wright carried the unit’s radio. He was mentioned in despatches for his “courage and marked ability to maintain efficient communication when under fire at close quarters”. Promoted to corporal, he stayed in the army, serving in both the Malayan Emergency (1948–60) and the Indonesian Confrontation (1962–66).

Wright donated his battledress jacket and winter field jacket to the Anzac Memorial in 2001, both of which are currently on display in the Centenary Exhibition. His service medals, identifying his overall career and MID in Korea, complement these objects and will also be displayed in the new exhibition.

Eddie Wright's jackets (centre) on display at the Memorial's Centenary Exhibition

Eddie Wright's jackets (centre) on display at the Memorial's Centenary Exhibition
Eddie Wright's jackets (centre) on display at the Memorial's Centenary Exhibition
Materials: 
cotton; medals; ribbon; metal; silk
Category: 
Awards and decorations
Conflict: 
Korean War (1950-1953); Malayan Emergency (1948–60); Indonesian Confrontation (1962–66)
Production Date: 
1939-1965

On this day

On this day
30 January

1942 — Japanese troops attacked AMBON, Netherlands East Indies, (Indonesia). Australian troops of “Gull Force” and about 2,600 NEI soldiers tried to defend the island but were defeated

1951 — Women’s Royal Australian Air Force formed

1968 — The TET OFFENSIVE began in Vietnam. A series of co-ordinated attacks by communist forces were defeated but the Offensive proved to be a propaganda  victory for the communists, accelerating the American public’s growing opposition to the war. Australian troops of 2nd, 3rd, and 7th Battalions, Royal Australian Regiment were involved in the Offensive