Regiment : 8th Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment
Service number : 12891
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 6th November 1916 aged 28
Buried : Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, France, Pier and Face 7B.
Relatives : Husband of Elizabeth Jones (formerly Wheeler), 28 Chapel St., Harts Hill, Brierley Hill, Staffordshire
Memorial : Dudley St Augustine of Hippo WW1 Memorial
Also appears on : Dudley St Augustine of Hippo Church Holly Hall. Dudley War Memorial.
Credits : Researched by James Taylor. Cathedral Roll of Honour books researched by Sandra Taylor.
Additional information on the memorial: South Staffs.
Appears in the Worcester/Worcestershire Roll of Honour Book for army casualties located in Worcester Cathedral.
The following information has been researched by the Black Country Society:
Joseph Wheeler was born in Quarry Bank and was probably living in Stourbridge before 1914. He was married to Elizabeth who later lived at 28 Chapel Street, Harts Hill, Brierley Hill. He volunteered in 1914 and enlisted in the South Staffordshire Regiment. He was posted to the 8th (Service) Battalion in 17th Division. Their first battle was on the Somme in 1916. They were in close support on the 1st July, the first day, and on the next day went through and took the village of Fricourt and part of Mametz Wood. This was the one successful attack at the start of Somme. A second attack on the 5th July, however, was less successful and they were not required to advance again until August when an attempt was made at Delville Wood. The battalion was still there at Lesboeufs in November. On the 5th November, however, an intense shelling caused serious casualties, one of whom was Private Joseph Wheeler.
Joseph Wheeler has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Thiepval Memorial.