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Agnes Mitchell Wright (nee Watt) - VAD and War Bride

Agnes Mitchell Watt was born in Scotland on the 23rd December 1899. family oral history is that [i]  

'Agnes, being the youngest, was spoilt in many ways probably by her brothers and sisters as well as by her mother.
She became a typist in the legal office of an insurance company but it was as a temporary nursing aide in the
military hospital in Edinburgh Castle that she met the dashing New Zealand Army machine gunner, Daniel (Dan) Anderson Wright. Courting was usually by walks up and down Princes Street and in the adjacent gardens.
Agnes was a very attractive lass and had many admires but Dan won out, although “Bob Campbell” was mentioned and thought of occasionally. It was with more than considerable trepidation that Agnes left Edinburgh in 1920
for New Zealand and marriage. A friend she met on the voyage, Helen Gordon Doig was to be her bridesmaid
Helen subsequently married Verno James and settled down in the Motueka area.'

Agnes Mitchell Watt followed Daniel Anderson Wright to New Zealand in 1919/20. Agnes was fortunate that she had established a firm relationship prior to her arrival in New Zealand with Helen Gordon Doig as like World War Two War Brides they were[ii]

'On arrival in New Zealand war brides dispersed around the country in an extreme 'pepper-potting' pattern.
When their only connection with New Zealand was their locally-born husband they suffered social isolation
and sometimes a devastating sense of loneliness.'

Agnes Mitchell Watt married the dashing NZMGC Private Daniel (Dan) Anderson Wright in Nelson on the 12th November 1920, two years after the end of WW1.[iii] 

​Agnes was also joined in New Zealand by her sister Daisy. 

Daniel and Agnes lived in Reefton for a number of years where their daughter Heather Simpson Mitchell May was born
in August 1922, one of six children. In 1941 Daniel Anderson Wright was a self employed painter living with Agnes and
three of their children in 41 Lincoln Avenue, Lower Hutt.
 



































Dan and Agnes Wrigth Plimmerton 1950's

There final move was to Steyne Avenue, Plimmerton where they lived from 1947. [iv] 

Dan passed away on 19 October 1971 and Agnes 22 September 1975.


Notes
Helen Gordon Doig married Vernon Noel James a WW1 veteran who served as 33139 Sapper V N James, NZ Engineers. 

References
Wright/May family records
Archway Archives New Zealand - Military Files: 8/4059 Private Daniel Anderson Wright
NZ BDM Online
Paperspast Online

Photos
Dan and Agnes at Plimmerton: Wright/May family

[i] Wright/May Family oral history 
[Ii] Mr Jones wives: WWII War Brides of NZ Servicemen – Gabrielle Ann Fortune
[iii] Wright/May Family oral history 
[iv] Wright/May Family oral history 


Agnes and Dan Wright - 1950's