Regiment : 8th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment
Service number : 24592
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Killed in action aged 19 on 21st August 1916
Buried : Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium, Panel 22 and 24.
Birthplace : Moreton-in-Marsh, enlisted Stow on the Wold
Relatives : Son of Mrs Louisa Wheeler, of Aston Magna, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire
Memorial : Aston Magna St John the Evangelist Church now in Blockley St Peter and St Paul's Church
The following information is courtesy of the researcher of the casualties on the Blockley War Memorials:
The Wheeler family moved to Aston Magna from Moreton-in-Marsh just before or during the Great War. Son George served during the war with the Gloucestershire Regiment and lost his life in action in Flanders.
George was born and baptised in Moreton in Marsh in 1897 as were all the family. His father, also George, was a labourer. George junior was at home in Moreton in 1901, and also in 1911, when his father was working as an iron worker in a foundry and he himself as a farm boy. At some point, presumably in 1915 or 1916, he enlisted at Stow on the Wold in the Gloucestershire Regiment. His military documents have not been identified and presumably have not survived, but there are other surviving records. George served in the 8th Battalion, which was formed in September 1914, part of the new armies. It moved to France in July 1915. All that is at present known about George’s service is that he died in action in June 1916 at the age of 19.
It is not known for certain when the Wheeler family moved to Aston Magna. They were in Moreton in 1911, and in Aston Magna when George was listed on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission record, presumably around 1922.
From the medals card and regimental medals list:
Gloucestershire Regt, Private, 24592
Victory and British medals
From Gloucester Regt Museum records:
Private, 24592, 8th Bn
enlisted Stow on the Wold
Killed in Action, France, Grave ref MR0029
From Soldiers’ Effects:
George Wheeler, 8/Gloster Regt, 24592, Private, died 21/8/16 in action
GBP4 8s 1d plus GBP3 War Gratuity to mother Louise
George Wheeler has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Ypres Menin Gate Memorial.