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Peter Wright is remembered with honour at the War Memorial at Dunkirk.
Lieutenant (E) Peter Alfred Wright, HMS Achates, Royal Naval Reserve, who died on 31 December 1942, is also remembered with honour on the Chatham Naval Memorial.
HMS Achates was an A-class destroyer of the British Royal Navy launched on 4 October 1929 and commissioned on 27 March 1930. She was sunk on 31 December 1942 in the Battle of the Barents Sea.
In December 1942 she formed part of the escort for a convoy to Russia. On 31st December, the convoy was well to the north of Norway when two German heavy cruisers, ADMIRAL HIPPER and LÜTZOW attacked it. The destroyers escorting the convoy fought off the cruisers and prevented them damaging the merchant ships of the convoy. The Germans were then driven off by two smaller British cruisers. This was known as the Battle of the Barents Sea. During this battle, ADMIRAL HIPPER hit ACHATES with several large shells, causing heavy damage, whilst ACHATES was protecting the convoy. Despite efforts by her crew to save her, the destroyer sank soon after midday.
Lieutenant (E) Peter Alfred Wright was the Chief Engineer, and for his gallant efforts to keep the ship afloat was amongst those posthumously mentioned in dispatches.
“Red Sky in the Morning: The Battle of the Barants Sea 1942”,