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Edmund Gilchrist Wrightson, DSO

Birthplace: North Charford, Hampshire, England
Death: September 15, 1953 (74)
The Manor House, Horspath, Oxfordshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Professor John Wrightson and Maria Isabella Wrightson
Husband of Rose Frances Wrightson
Father of Paul Wrightson, QC and Awdry Gilchrist Wrightson
Brother of Rebecca Elena Harrison; John Frederick Hulton Wrightson; Alyne Garmondsway Denton; Thomas Reginald Wrightson; Hilda Wrightson and 6 others

Occupation: Royal Navy
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About Edmund Gilchrist Wrightson, DSO

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/30536/supplement/2301/data.pdf - to be a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order: Lieut (Acting Lieut Cmdr) Edmund Gilchrist Wrightson RNR. London Gazette 22 Feb 1918


Some details of Edmund's career found on http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/BRITISH-MARINERS/2009-02/1235704772:

Edmund's early career was as an apprentice in the Merchant Navy.

Edmund qualified as follows: Edmund received his Second Mate's Certificate on the 20/2/1901, his First Mate's Certificate on the 28/4/1903 in Singapore and his Masters Certificate on the 20/3/1905 in Hong Kong.

Some time after he qualified, probably in 1910, he had a steam ship built for himself in the North of England and which traded for a few years along the China coast, apparently Edmund had gone up one of the Manchurian rivers further than any steam ship had gone before. It was around 1911 or 1912 that Edmund formed the 'Manchurian Steamship Company'. The ship was built originally to trade in the Pacific in competition with Jardine Matheson. On one occasion when Edmund's ship grounded on an uncharted atoll his wife Rose disembarked and walked on it. When a Jardine Matheson ship appeared and asked if he wanted to be towed off, Edmund declined knowing that he would float off at high tide, and that the J.M's ship had salvaging claims on its mind.

Edmund remained in the Far East until the outbreak of the First World War. He handed the command of his ship to the Mate and returned at once to the U.K. by way of the Trans-Siberian Railway to offer his services to the Admiralty.

Edmund was stationed at Granton in Scotland and served in Q-boats during the First World War and was awarded a D.S.O. He was a Lieutenant Commander and was the commander of the 'Q' ship Ilma . The ship was also known as Merops, Q28, Bellemore, Imperieuse, Marcaibo, Steady and Toofa. The ship hunted, that is, the ships were the prey, as they were disguised as merchants vessels, but had armaments to engage U Boats. The Ilma was responsible for the sinking of two U Boats near the coast of France, off Bell Isle Bay for which he earned his D.S.O. The crew got a reward payment from the government for the engagement.

What I would very much like to know is, what was EDMUND GILCHRIST (EDDIE) WRIGHTSON'S ships name that he had built form himself. Apparently it was a steam ship. Unfortunately the surviving relatives are not able to help. I would very much appreciate it if any one on the list would have the knowledge to find the ship's name?

Regards, Zed Malunat, Tasmania

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Edmund Gilchrist Wrightson, DSO's Timeline

North Charford, Hampshire, England
Age 35
January 31, 1919
Age 40
September 15, 1953
Age 74
Horspath, Oxfordshire, England