Rev. Lester James Wright

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  • Team Work Volume III no. 6 - Smith - June 1924

Wright, Lester James of Waukesha, Wisc., was the first Near East Relief worker to meet a violent death. He was slain by bandits, near Aleppo, Syria after having accompanied a convoy of orphans out of Harpoot. The children had been moved without mishap to safety and Mr. Wright, with three other relief workers and a native driver, were returning to Aleppo at the time. The bandits opened rifle fire upon the party without warning. Wright was killed instantly. Enoch R. Applegate, another relief worker, was wounded at the same time.

(Source: Team Work Volume III no. 6 – Smith – June 1924The Story of Near East Relief – Barton – 1930)