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Private Walter Wheeler
British Army 9th Battalion Essex Regiment
from:Potter Street, Harlow, Essex
(d.3rd Jul, 1916 )
I am desperately trying to find out more information about my Great Uncle, Walter Wheeler, who was killed on the third day of the Battle of the Somme. His name is on the Thiepval Memorial in France and he was one of those whose remains were never found. He was just 19 years old. I have tried to trace his Army records without luck so far and wonder if you could offer any advice on how to trace more about him. He was one of a family of seven children, born in the small village of Potter Street, which is now incorporated into Harlow, Essex, and was the son of a haybinder. I have been in touch with Pam & Ken Linge, who are building an online archive of the Thiepval soldiers, and my Great Uncle now has a record on the site. I sent them a photograph of Walter and they now say that he may have been in the Royal Field Artillery, having seen his cap badge, but the entry at Thiepval quotes the Essex Regiment as his unit. I hope you can help. Many thanks
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