Rank:


Unknown

Service No(s):


106390

Regiment:


Royal Air Force (RAF)

Unit:

Royal Flying Corps

Returned:

Yes

Place of birth:

Salisbury, Wiltshire, England

Occupation:

Foreman Setter in joinery and cabinet making. (1939)

Date of death:

Cause of death:

Grave or panel reference:

Name of father:

Alfred Wheeler

Name of siblings:

Amy Lucy, Herbert Alfred, Arnold Edward, Mabel Anne, George Edward, Lionel Ewart, Dora Kathleen.

Name(s) of children:

Madeline F, Margery.

Died:

No

Date of birth:

25/05/1880

Place of enlistment:

Unknown

Event:

Age at death:

Cemetery or memorial:

Other memorial:

St. Mellitus Church

Name of mother:

Lucy Wheeler

Name of spouse:

Florence Annie (nee Rowe)

Address:

35 Isledon Road, Holloway N, Islington.
23 Japan Crescent, Crouch Hill (1939 Register)

Biography:

Francis Harold Wheeler was born on 5th May 1880 in Salisbury, Wiltshire.  He was a twin and his twin sister was called Mabel Annie.  They were baptised on 29th August 1880 in St Edmund’s Parish in Salisbury.  Francis, alongside his twin sister, were born after Amy L, Herbert A and Arnold E.  Francis had seven siblings, but the 1891 census only records seven Wheeler children as Arnold Edward died aged only three weeks old in 1891.  The family lived at St Edmund’s School House in Salisbury; Arnold Wheeler, their father, was the schoolmaster.

By the 1911 census, Francis was 30 years old and is recorded as a visitor at 35 Isledon Road, Holloway N, Islington.  His occupation was a cabinet maker and designer at a decorators.  The Head of the house, Hannah Rowe, had a daughter called Florence Annie Rowe.  Francis married Florence on 13th July 1912 at Emmanuel Parish in Islington.  His father, Alfred, attended the service, as did Florence’s father, Charles Rowe.

In the UK Royal Air Force Airmen Records 1918-1940, Francis Harold’s name is recorded as an airman serving in the Royal Air Force during the years 1918-1940.  Forces Records state that Francis was transferred into the Royal Air Force from the British Army.  He started his service in the British Army on 22nd November 1916, at the age of 36 years old.  Francis transferred into the Royal Flying Corps after November 1917.  The Royal Air Force was founded on 1st April 1918 during the First World War, by the amalgamation of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS).  RAF is the world’s oldest independent air force.

Francis Harold was awarded the Victory Medal and British War Medal for his service in WW1.

The 1939 Register records that Francis and his wife Florence became parents to two girls.  Madeline F Wheeler was born on 16th November 1913 and Margery Wheeler was born on 23rd Jan 1916.  Margery was only 10 months old when her father started his military service.  Margery was baptised in St Mark’s Parish, Tollington Park on 9th February 1916.  In 1939 the Wheeler family lived at 23 Japan Crescent, Crouch Hill.  Madeline was 26 years old and worked as a secretary.  Margery was 23 years old and worked as a shorthand typist.  Francis Harold Wheeler was 59 year’s old and his occupation is listed as a Foreman Setter in joinery and cabinet maker.  He would have been responsible for managing workers and directing tasks that required construction, installation and repair forms and fixtures of wood.  Francis’ skills as a cabinet maker and designer before WWI were continued after his return from military service.