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Jimmy Wright

Admitted to:

No.2 General Hospital.

Date of Injury:

23/02/1944

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

21

Cause of Incident:

Crashed in a Marauder.

Transferred to QVH:

28/05/1944

Injuries:

Burns to face, hands and thighs.

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:

60



IDENTITY CARD

This is to certify that the patient mentioned below and whose description is stated hereon is the authorised holder of this Identity card.


Forename:

James Ernest Frederick

Surname:

Wright

Service No:

143599

Nationality:

British


Awards/Honours:

OBE, DFC

Patient Unit:

No.2 Film Production Unit

Profession:

Pilot

Patient Rank:

Plt Off

Death:

12/02/1993

Age at Death:

70yrs

Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

Wright was involved in an air crash over Italy in February 1944, and suffered severe burns that also caused blindness. He was sent to three British Army hospital in the three months after his crash; only the third had a plastic surgeon, who managed to save his right hand via postage stamp skin grafts around his wrist. After those three months, he was deemed well enough to return to England and was transferred to QVH in May 1944. One of his first visitors was Sir Ian Fraser, Chairman of St Dunstan's, the organisation that cares for blinded Servicemen and women, who provided a braille watch and organised touch typing lessons. Wright spent the following years in East Grinstead and Church Stretton, Shropshire, the wartime base of St Dunstan's.

Wright went on the found a successful film company in London, after spending more than a decade at Shepperton Studios.

Received an OBE in the 1982 Queen's New Years Honours List.

Glossary:

Further Reading:

The Guinea Pig Club' By Edward Bishop.
'McIndoe's Army' By Edward Bishop.
'McIndoe's Army' By Peter Williams and Ted Harrison.
'Guinea Pigs on Parade', The Guinea Pig, July 1981, pp. 25-7.

References:

'Jimmy Wright, OBE, DFC', Jack Toper, The Guinea Pig, July 1993, p. 3.
'A "Special" Article for our 60th Year', The Guinea Pig, July 2001, pp. 12-5.



East Grinstead Museum Collection:
EGRTM 2743.3-4 - Photographs of Wright meeting musician Eddie Calvert, with McIndoe
EGRTM 2751.132 - Photograph of Wright at a Guinea Pig event
EGRTM 2785.24 - Photograph of a group of Guinea Pigs, including Wright, with Lady McIndoe and Lady Sassoon, 1963
EGRTM 6600.35.157 - Photograph of Wright and others at the head table at 1948 Guinea Pig Club Dinner