Conflict : WW1
Memorial : Bidford on Avon St Laurence Church
Also appears on : Hallow School. Hallow St Philip and St James's Church with the information: Private 6th Worcs. Regt. Bidford on Avon War Memorial.
There is no record of this casualty on Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Soldiers Died in the Great War or the National Archives Medal Roll Index.
Henry Wheatley was born in Broadheath, Worcestershire in c1885 – there appears to be no record of his birth in the General Register Office Indexes under Worcestershire although his place of birth is given as Hallow/Broadheath on the 1891 and 1911 census as well as on his service papers. He enlisted as Private 7531 in the Worcestershire Regiment on 20th January 1903 when he gave his age as 18 years and his occupation as a gardener. Harry was 5 feet 6½ inches tall with a fresh complexion, brown eyes and dark brown hair. After serving 3 years during which time he spent 18 months in South Africa, 3 months in Ceylon, he was transferred to the Army Reserve on 31st January 1906. He married Minnie Wheeler, spinster, on 6th April 1907 in Alcester Parish Church and the couple had 4 children: John Henry, born 11th November 1907, Eva Gladys born 31st December 1908, Norman Frederick born October 1911 and Harry George born 14th August 1914. Henry was mobilised on 5th August 1914 and then discharged as no longer physically fit for war service on 28th September 1914.
Woodbine Cottage, Hallow
Phillip Wheatley, head, age 33
Jane Wheatley, wife, age 41
Ernest Weaver, stepson, age 14
Polly Weaver, stepdaughter, age 12
Harry Wheatley, son, age 6, born Hallow, Worcestershire
Phillip Wheatley, son, age 4, born Hallow, Worcestershire
Albert Wheatley, son, age 2, born Hallow, Worcestershire
William Wheatley, son, age 4 months, born Hallow, Worcestershire
Bidford on Avon, Warwickshire
Henry John Wheatley, head, age 27, Postman, born Broadheath, Worcestershire
Minnie Wheatley, wife, age 28, married 5 years, 3 children, all still living
John Henry Wheatley, son, age 3, born Alcester, Warwickshire
Eva Gladys Wheatley, daughter, age 2, born Bidford on Avon, Warwickshire
Dorothy Rita Wheatley, daughter, age under 1 year, born Bidford on Avon, Warwickshire
The death of Henry J.W. Wheatley, age 30, is registered in the March Quarter 1915 under the Alcester Registration District.
The following information has been researched and transcribed by Hallow History Group:
Harry is first mentioned in the Parish News in September 1914 as ‘in active service’. He was invalided home early in 1915, returning to his regiment shortly after, but then he contracted pneumonia and, in his weakened state was unable to withstand the illness, and died. Reported in the Parish News of March 1915, second son of Mr and Mrs Wheatley of Poplar Cottages. He had 1 brother and 2 step brothers.
Census Records, service records and General Register Office Indexes researched and transcribed by Sandra Taylor.