William James WHEELER

Regimental number3669
Place of birthWabba, Victoria
SchoolState School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressWabba Gap, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 8.5"
Weight158 lbs
Next of kinFather, Frank Wheeler, Wabba Gap, Victoria
Previous military serviceMember, Corryong Rifle Club.
Enlistment date16 August 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name23rd Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/40/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 5 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner, Australian Cemetery (No 18), Australian Cemetery, France.
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Frank Edward and Mary Elizabeth WHEELER.
Family/military connectionsCousin: 5478 Pte James Rookie WHEELER, 8th Bn, killed in action, 3 March 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted to and proceeded to join 24th Bn, 14 February 1916.

Admitted to No 1 New Zealand Stationary Hospital, Abbassis, 23 March 1916 (not yet diagnosed); discharged to duty, 4 April 1916.

Taken on strength, 59th Bn, Ferry Post, 5 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Posted missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 29 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Handwritten note on Form B103: 'Presume Buried In No Man's Land approx 5J90 43 to 5K02.5.1 Sheet Hazebrouck 5A'.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, WHEELER William James