The passport of a Geologist and Lieutenant in WWI

The passport of a Geologist and Lieutenant in WWI

William Josiah Wright had studied in Yale University (B.S. Acadia College 1907, B.A. Yale University 1908, M.A. 1912). Dissertation: Geology of the New Ross Map-Area, with an introductory chapter on the gold-bearing series and the granite of Southern Nova Scotia. Temporary Junior Geologist, Geological Survey of Canada. Ottawa, Canada. Professor of Geology at Arcadia University in 1919. He enlisted in the Canadian Infantry on March 1916 and was wounded at the Battle of Passchendaele (Western Front) in October 1917. His highest rank was Lieutenant.

His British passport, although born in Canada, was issued in AntananarivoMadagascar, with great visas for several defunct territories like Italian Somaliland and Portuguese East Africa or Colony and Protectorate of Kenya. Plenty of revenues including Union of South Africa. The handwriting is just beautiful and the passport picture looks great.

 

 

Wright was actually born in Nova Scotia, why he still was holding a British passport and not a Canadian isn’t clear for me. There is even a remark in the passport that he “earlier traveled on a PP issued in Assam, Northeast India.” Maybe that one was probably a British India. Another strange thing is a US Immigration stamp from 1946 (!), when his passport was long expired (1931). Sometimes you really wonder about such things. Excellent condition. A pretty nice collectible.

 

The passport of a Geologist and Lieutenant in WWI

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