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John William Wheat was born in 1892 he was the son of Abraham a coal miner and Sarah Ann Wheat née Cam formerley of Carlingford Road, Hucknall and later of 61 Royston Avenue Bentley Doncaster. His father Abraham was born in 1865 at Whitwick, Leicestershire his mother Sarah Ann Cam was born in 1866 at Radford, they were married on 26th April 1886 at the local parish church St Mary Magdalene Church, Hucknall they went on to have the following children, Elsie b1887, Ethel, b1890, John William b1892, Gordon b1895, Granville b 1899 and Cecil b1901, all were born in Hucknall In the 1911 census the family were living at 61 Royston Avenue, Doncaster and were shown as Abraham 46 yrs a coal miner he is living with his wife Sarah Ann 45 yrs and their children, Ethel 21 yrs no occupation listed, John William 19 yrs a coal miner roper, Gordon 16 yrs a coal miner pony driver, Granville 12 yrs a scholar and Cecil 10 yrs a scholar.
He attended the Spring street school and The Trinity Church and Schools. He was working at Bullcroft Colliery when he enlisted.
01 Jul 1916
820675 - CWGC Website
10th Bn King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Private John William Wheat, enlisted at Doncaster and served with the 10th Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. He landed in France on 11th November 1914 and he was killed in action on 1st July 1916 the first day of the Battle of the Somme. Having no known grave his name is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.
Artilce published in the Beeston Gazette & Echo published on 25th November 1916 :- “Many of our readers will regret to hear that a former Hucknall lad in the person of Private. John William Wheat has been killed in France. He fell on the first day of the Somme offensive (July 1st), but it was not until a fortnight ago that the official news arrived that he had been killed, being previously scheduled as missing. An old Territorial, he rejoined the Army on the outbreak of the war, being drafted into the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. He was very soon on active service, and in January last year he was invalided home, suffering from wounds and frost-bite. On recovering he was drafted out again, and at the early age of 24 his life terminates, regretted by a wide circle of friends. At the present time his parents and fiancee reside at Bentley, near Doncaster, though at the time of his enlistment he was working at Bullcroft Colliery. The family formerly resided at Hucknall, and the deceased attended the Spring street school and The Trinity Church and Schools. “Another of the family — Gordon Wheat — is a driver with the Howitzer Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery, and is doing his utmost to avenge his brother's death.”
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