Weymouth marine to have boat named in his honour this weekend

Dorset Echo: HERO: Marine James Wright was killed in Afghanistan HERO: Marine James Wright was killed in Afghanistan

A WEYMOUTH marine who died while serving his country will be remembered when a boat is named after him this weekend.

Royal Marine James Wright was killed in Afghanistan in August 2011, when his patrol came under fire from insurgents.

The Maritime Volunteer Service decided to call their new rib craft after the former Wey Valley School student as a mark of respect.

The James Wright will be used by the MVS to assist them in their voluntary work including assisting with maritime events across the country.

This summer the MVS were involved in the Battle for the Winds event and they helped out during the Olympics.

Marine Wright’s father David Wright said the family would be attending the ribbon cutting of the boat today.

He said: “We were quite honoured that the MVS wanted to keep his name prominent and it’s something relevant because James loved the waterborne part of marine training.”

The ceremony for invited guests will take place at Wey Valley School and the boat will be placed out front.

Mayor Margaret Leicester will attend and marines from 42 Commando, James’s regiment, will also be at the ceremony.

MVS volunteer Geoff Bright said the group had wanted to pay tribute to Marine Wright, 22.

He said: “It’s a way to keep his name alive for years to come.”

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