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Lt Ernest Herod Wheatley - 8th Bttn
« on: January 12, 2021, 12:00:11 PM »
Courtesy Darren Prickett:-
Lt Ernest Herod Wheatley.
Ernest enlisted in Artists Rifles in September 1916 (regimental number 762396). On 26/04/17 he obtained a commission as a 2/Lt with 8th Bn, Manchester Regiment. On 22/06/17 he proceeded overseas to France. On 30/08/17 he was wounded. On 26/10/18 he was promoted from 2/Lt to Lt. On 17/02/21 he died of pneumonia. At the time of his death his occupation was listed as bank clerk, of Nottingham Road, Eastwood, Nottinghamshire. Family history states his death was attributable to his wartime service - namely being gassed.

We have no evidence that pneumonia was a result of service. As this is usually a short term condition it is less likely Lt Wheatley would qualify for War Grave status.

Service File at Kew

A quick scan of the 1/8 & 2/8 Bttn War Diaries shows no reference to Lt Wheatley.  LG shows no reference to retiring commission and no pension is evident.
Commission 2/Lt

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