24/133 L/Cpl Albert Edward Enright NZEF
NZEF Trio - 24/133 Enright - Twice Wounded
The 1914/15 Star trio awarded to Albert Edward Enright of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade who was wounded twice in 1917 including at the Battle of Passchendaele.
Albert Enright was born 13th November 1887 at Waiuku, New Zealand. Son of John Joseph and Ruth Ann Enright (née Williams). At the time of his enlistment for service with the NZEF in 1915 he was self-employed as a farmer at the Hokianga. Enright embarked with A Company, 2nd Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade and saw service during the Senussi Campaign in Egypt over Christmas 1915/16. He transferred to the Western Front and was attached to the NZ Tunnelling Company in April 1916. Duties for riflemen like Enright included providing protection for the tunnellers as they carried out their dangerous work where break-throughs into German works were always possible. Enright transferred back to the NZ Rifle Brigade in April 1917. He was appointed lance-corporal in August 1917 and in September 1917 he was wounded, remaining with his unit. During the disastrous attack at Passchendaele on 12th October 1917 Enright was wounded once again and initially posted as missing. He was subsequently accounted for and evacuated to the UK. He was later classed as unfit for further service due to gassing - which was the probable cause of his initial wound in September 1917. Prior to returning to New Zealand n July 1918 he married Jane Laird Marquis.
Albert Enright and Jane raised their family at Runaruna and Opononi in the Far North. He died 2nd September 1977 at Rawene Hospital and is buried in Rawene Cemetery.
All medals correctly impressed 24/133 L/CPL. A.E. ENRIGHT. N.Z.E.F.