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DATE OF EM ACTION: 25/04/1911 Boksburg, South Africa.
Very little is known about the life of timberman James Armstrong Wright other than his actions at the Gold Mine at Boksburg, South Africa.
On the 25th of April, 1911, a baling tank was accidentally lowered too far down a shaft, and broke the slings carrying a sinking pump, which fell into the water at the bottom of the shaft, pinning two natives under water. Wright made repeated efforts to extricate them by diving. The water, though only 4½ feet deep, was rising, and there was great danger that the pump and other wreckage would be shifted by Wright’s attempts to pull out the natives, and would pin him down under water. He was unsuccessful in his attempted rescue, but the action showed a high degree of courage.
BURIAL LOCATION: UNKNOWN.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: UNKNOWN.