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"Obituary supplied by Lesley Lomas (New Zealand) from a collection of Tangimoana newspaper clippings
compiled by Doug Bennett"
ARMS : A fess int. 3 cross crosslets fitchy.
CREST : on a mount a Tiger Salient
Richard William Wrightson
"From the Tangimoana correspondent"
The district lost an outstanding personality when the
occurred at Palmerston North last Saturday [
Following his father's wishes he began his career in a shipping office.
However being a youth of adventurous spirit, life overseas called him
and he persuaded his father to allow him to try his luck abroad.
He arrived in
School teaching next claimed his attention. It was while he was teaching at Fordell that the First World War broke out and he was one of the first to enlist, his official number being 10/1372.
He was one of those who went through the Gallipoli campaign, later
Later he farmed a returned soldiers' farm at Ohingaiti.
His war injuries were troubling him and he spent some time in and out
A successful sportsman, he shared his game and catch in a generous manner with others less fortunate. He was a keen outdoor bowler, at the time of his death being secretary-treasurer of the local club and one of the keenest workers on the committee as well as one of the best players. He was a member of the Hall Committee for some years and many times audited the hall accounts.
During the Second World War, Major Wrightson did a great job of work with the Home Guard in the Tangimoana-Himatangi area.
His great hobby was rose growing and in his own garden of about 100
bushes he grew blooms of perfection. In
1951 he won the Glenrossie Perpetual Challenge Shield for twelve distinct
exhibition roses at the National Rose Show, as well as numerous trophies from
other shows. Major Wrightson was
President of the National Rose Society of
Major Wrightson was twice married.
He leaves a widow and two step-daughters, also a brother and two