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Caroline Wheeler of Tongham lost three sons and two sons in law

 

William Wheeler

Private 41063 14th (Labour) Battalion Devonshire Regiment
Died Sunday 26 November 1916 aged 24
Buried in the St Pol Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais
Remembered on Tongham War Memorial

William was born in Seale in 1893, the son of George and Caroline, and a younger brother of Frederick Wheeler.

The 1901 census records that the family now lived in Inwood Cottages in Seale, and father George was a cowman. The 1911 census records that the family lived in 3 Artington Villas, Oxenden Road, Tongham, and mother Caroline had been widowed. William was a market gardener, and his younger brother Bertie was a gardener.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records Mrs C Wheeler’s address as Oliver Cottage, Tongham.

Bertie Wheeler

Lance Corporal 20130 1st/4th Bn. Hampshire Regiment
Died 2 July 1917 aged about 22
Buried in Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery
Remembered on Tongham War Memorial

Bertie was baptised 7 October 1894 in St Paul’s Church, Tongham, a younger son of George and Caroline of Tongham, and brother of Frederick and William.

Soldiers Died records that Bertie enlisted at Winchester and that his residence was Farnham Surrey, and his medals card records that he was formerly 3745 Hampshire Regiment.

Frederick Wheeler

Able Seaman 199394 HMS Victory Royal Navy
Died 22 October 1919 aged 38
Buried in Seale (St Laurence) Churchyard (next to his brother in law Frederick Neville)
Remembered on Tongham War Memorial

Frederick was baptised 4 December 1881 in St Paul’s Church in Tongham, the eldest son of George and Caroline.

The 1881 census records the family living in Poyle Road, and the 1891 census records them living in White Lane. Frederick’s service records record that he served until 14 March 1919, and that his last posting was to HMS Victory in Portsmouth Dockyard. His funeral was reported in the Farnham Herald on 1 November 1919. He had served in the Navy for 22 years, and in the submarine service during the war. Reverend AEM de Cetto officiated, and three soldiers and three sailors of the local branch of Comrades of the Great War acted as bearers. The coffin was draped with a Union Jack and Frederick’s cap was laid on it.

Frederick William Neville

Driver T/20797 1st Company Royal Army Service Corps
Died 3 June 1919 aged 41
Buried in Seale (St Laurence) Churchyard (next to his brother in law Frederick Wheeler)
Remembered on Tongham War Memorial

Frederick was born in 1879 at Andover, the son of William and Mary Ann.

The 1881 census records the family living at Odiham; the 1891 census records them living in Wanborough, but Frederick’s mother had died.

Frederick was living in Ash in 1899, when he enlisted in the Militia, No 6223 3rd Royal Berks Regiment. In 1903 he enlisted at Aldershot with the Army Service Corps. He was 5 feet 2 inches tall and had hazel eyes and light brown hair.

Frederick married Clara Wheeler 1 June 1907 in Seale parish church; and the 1911 census records them living at 5 Manor Cottages in Tongham, and Frederick a farm labourer. They had four children.

Frederick was mobilised 5 August 1914, and earned the 1914 Star. He was discharged 4 March 1916. His father lived at 3 Kingston Cottages, Tongham, and later at Hogs Back Lodge.

George William Walker

Private G/1113 6th Battalion The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
Died 3 July 1916 aged about 29
Buried Ovillers Military Cemetery, Somme, France
Remembered on Tongham War Memorial

George was born in Tongham in 1886, the son of John Walker.

The 1901 census records the family living in Vine Cottage, The Street, Tongham; and the 1911 census records them living in Crooks Cottages. In 1911 George was a farm labourer.

Soldiers Died records that George enlisted at Guildford. His medals card records that he went to France 17 December 1914, and that he earned the 1914/15 Star.

The Surrey and Hants News 26 November 1915 reported that George was in a convalescent hospital in Torquay. He had had a thrilling tale to tell in a letter to a friend in Tongham from a hospital base in France. " I can't make out how I am alive to tell the tale. They started shelling and of course we came in for a warm time. I stood in between two men. They were both killed and another one farther down was wounded. I was blown clean into the air out of the trench, and as I thought was unhurt. I carried one wounded chap away, but he didn't last long. Afterwards I found my wrist was aching, but I took no notice and thought it was a strain or something, but it turned out to be poisoned - and here I am, nearly well again."

George married Emily Wheeler (daughter of George and Caroline) 17 December 1915 at Tongham Church. The marriage was by special licence. John Walker, his father, was a painter of Crook’s Cottages Tongham, and Emily was the daughter of George Wheeler, deceased, of Oliver Cottage, Tongham.

Joseph Herawell Walker

Lance Corporal G/2231 1st Battalion The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
Died 25 September 1915 aged about 27
Remembered on the Loos Memorial France
Remembered on Tongham War Memorial

Joseph was baptised in St Paul’s Church Tongham 7 October 1888, and he was George Walker’s younger brother. In 1911 Joseph was a gardener.

George Walker’s wife's younger sister, Carrie Young (nee Wheeler), remembered that George's brother had also been lost in the War.

The Surrey and Hants News 23 December 1914 reported that Joseph and his brother George had gone to the front in France with their Battalion of the Queen's, and that their brother Edward was with the Queen's in Hythe.

It seems that "Edward" was baptised Edmund Ethelred Alexander; and that Joseph Herawell enlisted under the name "John".

The Rough Register of Recruits (SHC QRWS/1/3/3 records that George (G/1113) and Edward (G/1339) joined the Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment at Guildford on 1 September 1914; whilst John Walker (G/2231) joined on 7 September 1914.

The Surrey and Hants News 20 July 1916 reported that Joseph of the Queen's had been missing since September; and that Lance-Cpl George Walker was now missing. Edward Walker was in the same Battalion as George and after the recent fighting George had not answered the roll call.

Soldiers died records that John Walker lived in "Tongford" and joined up at Guildford. The register of soldiers' effects records that John Walker's parents were John and Harriet.

Reports of the unveiling of the Tongham war memorial in 1922 in the local newspapers list Joseph Herawell Walker amongst the Tongham men who had been killed.

Tongham Great War Roll of Honour


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