13 June 1917 : Major Alfred Osborn Wraith

Born Moor House, Spennymoor, County Durham 17 July 1883

2nd son of George (Colliery Director, Weardale Steel, Coal and Coke Co. Ltd) and Fanny (née Osborn)

Educated at North Eastern County School, Barnard Castle.

Served 10 years with the Durham Light Infantry Territorials.He was a keen athlete and played hockey for the County of Durham.

Qualified as a mining engineer and went to South Africain 1910.

When war broke out he joined the South African Expeditionary Force and fought through the German South-West Campaign as second in command of a field squadron of Engineers. He returned to England in October 1915 and by July 1916 was in command of a company. 18 May 1917 Mentioned in Despatches. 

He died from wounds received at Messines when he was hit but a shell on his way to the trenches.

He was buried in Poperinge New Military Cemetery.


Major Alfred Osborn Wraith 254th Tunneling Company, Royal Engineers, 

13 June 1917


Sources; Du Ruvigny’s vol.5;