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James was born in 1897 in Arnold and was the son of John a colliery banksman and Mary Wheatley née Wells of 45 James Street, Arnold. His father John was born in 1864 in Bedfordshire, his mother Mary Wells was born in 1868 in Arnold, they were married in 1889 in Arnold and went on to have 12 children all born in Arnold. Sadly 1 of the children died in 1905 (Phylis she was 1 year old) their surviving children were : John Henry b1890, Horace 1892, Mary Ann 1894, James 1897, Lottie 1899, Ada b1901, Fred b1902, Fanny b1906, Doris b1908 and Phylis b1910. In 1901 they lived on Cross Street and in 1911 at 45 James Street (both Arnold Nottingham). He was the 19 year-old husband of Annie Wheatley née Trueman (he had married only months previously).
He was educated at Calverton Road and the British schools. He was employed as a labourer at Gedling Colliery.
08 Sep 1918
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The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
He enlisted at Newark in January 1915 into the Sherwood Foresters (330613) [probably 8th Battalion which was raised locally]. It is likely that he went to France with the Foresters and was wounded. On recovery, he was posted to the 2/4th Queen’s West Surrey Regiment which had sustained heavy losses in Gallipoli. James subsequently died of wounds received during the German spring offensive in 1918. He is buried in Esquelbecq Military Cemetery France Grave Reference: II H 5
His older brother John also served during the Great War he served in the Machine Gun Corps and was killed in action on 15th April 1917 in Greece, he is buried in Struma Military Cemetery in Greece. In memoriam published on 8th September 1919 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “WHEATLEY. – In loving memory of Pte. James Wheatley, 45 James-street, Arnold, Notts. and Derbys., died of wounds in France September 8th, 1918; also Corpl. John Wheatley, M.G.C. Never will their memory fade. – From mother, father, sisters, and brothers.” Above is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918.
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