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8065: Saved by a stammer - Father, a half-uncle and two great uncles

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posted on 2024-01-17, 13:35 authored by Lest We Forget Project Team

Marilyn had four relatives in the First World War; two were killed and two survived Marilyn's father: Albert Edward 'Ted' Wheeler, from Berkshire, survived the war. He was originally called from the reserves, but was sent away because of his stammer, age 27. It is likely that the stammer saved his life, as his regiment was sent to the Somme. He was eventually put on guard duty. 28740 1st (G.) Balt. Worcester Regiment Half-Uncle: George William 'Will' Headlong, died at the Battle of Cambrai, and is listed on the Cambrai Memorial. His body was never found Marilyn's Great Uncles (Father's Uncles): Albert Wheeler, killed at Flanders Field, listed on Le Touret memorial. His body was never found. Herbert Wheeler, survived the war. They served in the 2nd Royal Berkshire Regiment and had served in India prior to the war.

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Name of contributor(s)

Marilyn Jones

Subject of the story/individual the object(s) relate to

Albert Edward 'Ted' Wheeler, George William 'Will' Headlong, Albert Wheeler, Herbert Wheeler

Date(s) the event(s) in the story took place

09/12/1915

Location(s) where the event(s) in the story took place

Somme, Cambrai, Le Touret, India

Object(s)

Medals of service, correspondence, Common Prayer Book

Community Collection Day

South West Roadshow, Plymouth (06/03/19)

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