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  • Photograph was published on 16th November 1915 in the Nottingham Evening Post and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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Nottingham
Leonard Wheelhouse was the youngest son of Arthur and Catherine Wheelhouse (née Streets). His father was born in 1854 in Nottingham and his mother Catherine Streets in 1850 (J/A/S Nottingham) also in Nottingham. They were married in 1873 (O/N/D Nottingham); ten children were named on the census between 1881 and 1901 but it is likely that they had thirteen children, three of whom died in infancy. All the children were born in Nottingham and the records of the registrations of birth give the mother's name as 'Streets': George Henry birth registered 1874 (J/F/M Nottingham), William Wheatley b. 1875 (J/A/S Nottingham), Arthur birth registered 1877 (J/F/M Nottingham) d. 1877 (J/F/M Nottingham), Henry (Harry) b.1878 (A/M/J Nottingham), Mary Elizabeth (Polly) birth registered 1880 (J/F/M Nottingham), Arthur birth registered 1882 (J/F/M Nottingham), Catherine b. 1883 (J/A/S Nottingham), John Charles b. 1885 (J/A/S Nottingham), Frederick b. 1887 (J/A/S Nottingham d. 1890 (A/M/J Nottingham), Joseph b. 1889 (O/N/D Nottingham, Leonard b. 1891 (A/M/J Nottingham), Sarah Ann b. 1892 (J/A/S Nottingham) d. 1892 (O/N/D Nottingham) and Edith Ellen (Nellie) b. 1903 (O/N/D Nottingham). In 1881 Arthur (27) a paper cutter, and Catherine (30) were living at Union Place, Glasshouse Street, Nottingham, with their four children, George (7), Wiliam (6), Harry (4) and Mary (1). A fifth child, Alfred, had been born in 1877 but had died the same year. Arthur (37) and Catherine (41) had moved to Wainwright Street, Nottingham, by 1891; they now had eight children: George, a letter printer, and Harry (12), Polly (11), Arthur (9), Catherine (7), John (5), Joseph (1) and Leonard (under 1 year). Another son, Frederick, had been born in 1887 and had died in 1890. In 1901 the family was living at 220 Gordon Road, Nottingham. In the home on the night of the census were Arthur (46) who was now working as a brickyard labourer, Catherine (50) and six of their children: Harry (22) a lace warehouseman, Arthur (19) a printer layer-on, John (16) a box scorer, Joseph (11), Leonard (10) and Ellen [Edith Ellen] (8). Another daughter, Sarah Ann, had been born in 1892 but had died the same year, and Catherine (b. 1883), who has not yet been traced on the 1901 Census, probably died in 1902 (J/A/S Nottingham) aged 19. Leonard's mother Catherine died on 17 December 1906 (O/N/D Nottingham) aged about 56 and his father Arthur in 1908 (J/F/M Nottingham) aged about 54. It appears that Leonard was living with his married sister Mary Elizabeth Howarth at 22 Abbotsford Street, Corporation Oaks, in 1911. His name was given his name as 'Richard Leonard' (the only record found to date with the pre-name 'Richard'). At the time of his death in 1915 his address was 14a Caroline Street, Peas Hill Street, Nottingham. Of his surviving siblings: George Henry probably married Minnie May Harper (b. Burton on Trent) on 15 April 1893 (A/M/J Nottingham). They had at least two children: Minnie Mary b. 1894, and Sarah Ann b. 3 July 1893, both of whom were baptised on 22 October 1894 (St Bartholomew). The family was living on Jackson Terrace, Simkin Street, Nottingham. George (27), a cardboard box cutter, and Minnie (26), a charwoman, were still living on Jackson Terrace in 1901 with their surviving daughter, Sarah (8) and Leonard Harper (25 b. Burton on Trent) who was probably Minnie's brother. They had moved to 47 Bombay Street, Nottingham, by 1911; George was still working as a cardboard box cutter but Minnie was now a lace hand as was their daughter, Sarah Ann (17). Also in the household was a boarder, Alice Ann Woodward (42) married and also working as a lace hand. George Henry probably attested on 16 August 1918 aged 46, giving his occupation as box cutter, and served in the Royal Air Force (285480 Private). He transferred to the RAF Reserve on 14 March 1919 and was discharged on 16 March. He probably died in 1933 (O/N/D Nottingham). William Wheatley was living at 18 Owen Street, Nottingham, in 1901. Wheatley (25), a lithograph printer, and his wife Clara E. (26) (probably Edith Clara nee Dixon b. 1894 London) had four children Maud Emily birth registered 1895 (J/F/M), Florence b. 1896 and Ernest Baden b 1900. Also in the home on the night of the census was his sister, Mary Elizabeth (21) a box maker. Henry (Harry) has not yet been identified after 1901. Mary Elizabeth (Polly) was living at 18 Owen Street, Nottingham, with her brother William Wheatley and his family in 1901. Mary was a box maker. She married Thomas Howarth in 1902 (J/A/S Nottingham) and in 1911 they were living at 22 Abbotsford Street, Corporation Oaks, with their four children Wilfred Leonard (6), Catherine May (3), Dora Ethel (1) and Nellie (3 months); Tom was employed as a stoker. Also in the household was her brother, Richard Leonard (sic) a train oiler. Arthur was probably living at 8 Garibaldi Terrace, Alfred Street North, Nottingham, in 1911. He was married to Frances (26) a lace hand finisher and they had two sons, Frederick William (2) and Arthur (1). John Charles may have married Ada Dodsley in 1910 (J/F/M Nottingham). In 1911 they were living at 10 Bradford Street, Bulwell; John (25) was a boiler scaler and Ada (b. 1890 Sheffield) was a pattern card maker. He too may have served during the war: T/22855 Driver ASC Training Reserve Bn., then TR/10/69542 Driver Training Reserve Bn, and finally 106346 Driver Machine Gun Corps. Joseph was living at 37 Dickinson Street, Nottingham, in 1911, a boarder in the household of a widow, Elizabeth Unwin. Joseph (21) was a warehouseman. In 1939 A Joseph Wheelhouse (b. 7 November 1889), a publican, was living at 86/88 Sneinton Road, Nottingham, with his wife Ethel (b. 7 Mary 1894), son Joseph A Wheelhouse (b. 10 June 1916) a motor driver bus, and a married couple, George W. and Florence Beck. Edith Ellen (Nellie) was living at 8 Waterway Street, Nottingham, in 1911; she was working as a lace hand and was a boarder in the household of Zedekiah Dane (59) a foreman platelayer. She married SydneyWombwell in 1914 (A/M/J Nottingham).
In 1911 he was a train oiler
11 Oct 1915
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573363 - CWGC Website
Private
11th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Leonard Wheelhouse enlisted at Nottingham and served in France from 27 August 1915 He was killed by a shell and is buried in X Farm Cemetery, La Chapelle, D'Armentieres Grave Reference: E 11 Leonard qualified for the 1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Nottingham Evening Post, ‘In Memoriam’, 17 December 1907: ‘Wheelhouse; In loving memory of my dear wife, Catherine Wheelhouse, who passed away December 17, 1902, A faithful wife and a loving mother. At rest.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, ‘In Memoriam’, 17 December 1907: ‘Wheelhouse; In loving memory of our dear sister, Catherine Wheelhouse (nee Streets), passed away December 17th, 1906,. Until the day breaks.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Personal inscription CWGC headstone: 'Silently mourned and sadly missed by sister Polly' Registers of Soldiers' Effects: His brother, George, was his legatee. Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Roll of Honour’, 3 November 1915: ‘Wheelhouse. Killed in action, October 11th, Pte Leonard Wheelhouse, 11th Sherwoods he did his duty. Ever remembered. His sorrowing brothers and sisters.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Roll of Honour’, 3 November 1915: ‘Wheelhouse. Killed in action, October 11th, Pte Leonard Wheelhouse, 11th Sherwoods the beloved brother of M Howarth [Mary Elizabeth nee Wheelhouse], 14a Caroline-street. Deeply mourned and sadly missed by those who loved him well. Polly and Tom [Howarth].’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Roll of Honour’, 9 November 1915: ‘Wheelhouse. Killed in action, October 11th, Leonard Wheelhouse, 11th Sherwood Foresters. Silently the shades of evening gather round my lonely door; silently they bring before us a face that we shall see no more. Duty done. From Syd, Nellie, and May [Sydney & Edith Ellen Wombwell nee Wheelhouse].’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, 16 November 1915, photograph with caption: 'Pte L Wheelhouse, 11th Sherwood Foresters, 14a Caroline Street, killed by shell Oct. 11th.' Nottingham Evening Post, ‘In Memoriam’, 11 October 1916: Wheelhouse. In loving memory of my dear brother, L Wheelhouse, Sherwood Foresters, killed in France October 11th, 1915. Never will he be forgotten. Polly and Tom’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, ‘In Memoriam’, 11 October 1916: Wheelhouse. In loving memory of my dear brother, L Wheelhouse, Sherwood Foresters, killed in action October 11th, 1915. Sleep on dear brother, sleep and take thy rest. Nellie and Syd’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)
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  • Photograph was published on 16th November 1915 in the Nottingham Evening Post and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
    Leonard Wheelhouse - Photograph was published on 16th November 1915 in the Nottingham Evening Post and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918