Soldier’s dad left film at son’s death scene

Bob and Jem Wright, centre, with film director Paul Katis and star David Elliot. Picture: Phil Wilkinson
Bob and Jem Wright, centre, with film director Paul Katis and star David Elliot. Picture: Phil Wilkinson
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THE father of war hero Corporal Mark Wright has described how he had to walk out of a film telling how his son was killed by a landmine in Afghanistan while trying to rescue a colleague.

Bob Wright, from Dalkeith, said he welcomed the film’s authenticity, but could not bear reliving Mark’s death on the big screen.

The film, Kajaki, went on general release last Friday and has been praised by critics.

Mark Wright was posthumously awarded the George Cross, one of the UK’s highest honours, after he died at the age of 27 after entering a minefield near the Kajaki dam in Helmand province in 2006 in an attempt to rescue an injured comrade.

The film’s director, Paul Katis, approached the Wright family two years ago when he began working on the script.

Mr Wright, 67, welcomed the film’s release.

He said: “It’s a good thing. It lets the public know what the lads have to go through.

“I have seen the film at screenings in Glasgow and Edinburgh, but I had to leave the room when it got to the scenes of Mark’s death. I couldn’t sit through that. My wife has never seen it.”

Mr Wright and his wife Jem – who moved to Dalkeith from their home in Lady Road, Newington, after their son’s death – set up the Mark Wright Project to help war veterans.

But they have since stripped the charity of his name amid claims it was not being run properly.

Mr Wright said they were now working with the St Clair masonic lodge in Edinburgh to raise funds which would pay for veterans to complete university degrees when they leave the military.