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MASSY WHEELER, GEORGE GODFREY

Rank:
Major
Date of Death:
13/04/1915
Age:
42
Regiment/Service:
7th Hariana Lancers
Awards:
V C
Grave Reference:
III. C. 22.
Cemetery:
BASRA WAR CEMETERY
Additional Information:
Husband of N. Massy Wheeler, of 5, Gwydyr Mansions, Hove, Sussex.

Citation

An extract from "The London Gazette," No. 29281, dated 31st Aug., 1915, records the following:-"For most conspicuous bravery at Shaiba, Mesopotamia. On the 12th April, 1915, Major Wheeler asked permission to take out his Squadron and attempt to capture a flag, which was the centre point of a group of the enemy who were firing on one of our picquets. He advanced and attacked the enemy's infantry with the Lance, doing considerable execution among them. He then retired while the enemy swarmed out of hidden ground and formed an excellent target to our Royal Horse Artillery guns. On the 13th April, 1915, Major Wheeler led his Squadron to the attack of the "North Mound". He was seen far ahead of his men riding single-handed straight for the enemy's standards. This gallant Officer was killed on the Mound."

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Grave Registration Reports (GRRs) are standard forms which detail graves for which the Commission is responsible within a particular burial ground. They provide basic details of the individuals, such as name, service number, rank, regiment, unit and date of death, and are listed in Plot, Row and Grave order.
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