Rank: Lance Corporal
Number: 265372
Unit: 1/6th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 8 August 1917
Age: 27
Cemetery: Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

James had been born in New Hincksey, Oxford, but it is believed that the family moved to Basingstoke not long afterwards. The 1901 Census records his father, William John Wheeler, then aged 39 and working as an engine fitter. His mother, Caroline Lindall Wheeler was 35.

It's not known what brought James to Stockport but, by the time of the Great War, he was married to Mary Annie Daisy and they lived at 40 Freemantle Street, Edgeley. After the war, she had moved down the road to live at No. 14.

James' original service number, 1504,  indicates he was a pre-war member of the Territorial Army and would have been mobilised when war was declared. An account of the Battalion's early months of service is here.

On 31 July, he took part in a major attack on the first day of the Third Battle of Ypres and was seriously wounded. He would have received first aid just behind the front line from the Battalion medical officer and would then have been evacuated to a Casualty Clearing Station, some miles away, where there were full surgical facilities. Once stabilised, he would have been moved to a hospital facility not far from the Channel port of Boulogne where he died.

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