Wilbur James Wright enlisted as an Army Apprentice in the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in September 1991. He qualified as an armourer after a 2 year apprenticeship at Princess Marina College in Arborfield.
He qualified as an Army Physical Training Instructor (APTI) and completed specialist weapon training.
Following in his father Leonard Wright's footsteps L/Cpl 'Wil' Wright volunteered for airborne forces, completing P Company and military parachute training in 1999. He was posted to 13 Air Assault Support Regiment RLC
He then went as part of a small REME Workshop detachment, 8 Field Company (Para) with 1 PARA to Sierra Leone on Operation Palliser.
L/Cpl Wright was posted to 1st Battalion Royal Irish Regiment, where he was promoted to Corporal and took part in the Iraq invasion of 2003.
Upon return he was promoted to Sergeant and posted out of airborne forces and left the British Army in 2005 after 12 years’ service.
Wil emigrated to New Zealand and enlisted into the New Zealand Defence Force. Sgt Wright was posted to the 3rd Logistic Battalion, Royal New Zealand Army Logistic Regiment as an armourer.
After three years he was awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. Platoon Sgt Wright left the New Zealand Defence Force in October 2011.