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John Wesley Wright

RolesNaval Sailor 
First Known Service29.3.1800CSORN
Last Known Service1805CSORN
Date of Death28.10.1805 - The Temple prison, ParisTRN5

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
29.3.1800 LieutenantCSORN
7.5.1802 CommanderCSORN
Vincejo (18) 1799-1804
British 18 Gun
Unrated Sloop
, Commander and Commanding Officer
8.5.1804 Capture of the Vincejo 
6.1804 Carried prisoner to Paris, Wright died in the Temple, on October 28th, 1805, in circumstances which strongly suggested foul play. Napoleon denied having used any violence whatsoever to the brave officer; but the true facts of the affair, some of which will be found very fully set forth in the Naval Chronicle are to this day involved in mystery. Wright, before his capture, had, in his ill-manned little craft, maintained his station almost continuously for three months, without a pilot, in the enemy's waters, and in presence of a largely superior force; had repeatedly chased into port more powerful vessels of the enemy; and had on one occasion hauled his brig ashore on a French island only four miles from the mainland in order to repair her. It is satisfactory to be able to add that, before his untimely death, this active and gallant man heard of his advancement to post-rank.TRN5
1805 CaptainTRN5

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Posted by Jemison Beshears on Thursday 27th of May 2021 21:13

I should have looked at the prior comment...

Posted by Jemison Beshears on Thursday 27th of May 2021 21:11

Where is he buried in Paris?

Posted by Brian Stephens on Friday 18th of April 2014 17:50

Edinburgh Advertiser,October 8, 1816
Captain Wright - Sir Sidney Smith has erected a monument over the remains of Captain Wright, in the cemetery of Peres le Chaise , at Paris

While successful in his career, at length, assailed by adverse winds, and on a hostile shore, he was captured; and being soon after brought to Paris, was confined in the prison called the Temple Infamous for Midnight Murders and placed under the most rigid custody; but in bonds and suffering severity still most oppressive, his fortitude of mind, and fidelity to his country, remained unshaken. A short time after, he was found in the morning with his throat cut and dead in his bed. He died the 28th of October 1801 age ? 36/56

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