Leslie James Wheelwright


Army Service Corps TS/ 1140  
Royal Army Service Corps TS /1140 430 Coy

Photos courtesy Ivor Ford

Leslie Wheelwright in WW1

James was born at Stourbridge, though he was living in Fritchley by the time of the war. He worked as a carpenter throughout his life. He enlisted at Birmingham in August 1914, entered France in September that year and was appointed ‘wheeler’. During a furlough in 1916 he married Harriet Marriot of Fritchley. Demobbed in 1919, he later settled in the Birmingham area..

Many soldiers had sentimental cards created and sent home.

WW1 card sent home

Card sent by Leslie

Medal Index Card
Wheelwright James TS/1140; No. 3 Coy Lahore Div Train ASC; rank, Wheeler ; acting Cpl
Awarded Victory, British War (RASC) and 14 star (ASC) medals
Entered France 20/09/14

Army Service Record
He attested at Birmingham on 20th August 1914 aged 29 years 11 months an unmarried carpenter born at Stoutbridge. Into the ASC No TS/1140. Height 5ft 7 in; dark brown hair, fresh complexion and blue eyes. C of E. Joined at Aldershot. Also lived at 55 Flora Road, Hay Mills (Birmingham)
His rank appointement was shown as "wheeler" on several documents.
20/04/16 appointed acting corporal
03/02/17 reverted at own request to Driver
20/08/14 to 21/09/14 Home
22/09/14 to 07/01/16 E.F. France
British War, Victory and 14 Star medals
Next of kin George William Wheelwright (father) Barracks Posh Offices, Reading
25/08/14 Recorded that in training he was a very good wheeler
A transfer document Z records James Wheelwright TS/1140 RASC 430 Coy had a 20% disablement, with pension of 5/6 from 29/08/19; his permanet address Fritchley, near Ambergate, Derbyshire . Date of transfer 28/08/19, age 35 unmarried

[A James Wheelwright married Harriet Marriot in 1916 June qtr (Aston reg district) however James was recorded as being unmarried on his discharge in 1919. No other marriage to Harriet found. There was Harriet Marriot born 1885 who lived in Fritchley. In 1939 he is with Harriet]


1891: Oxford Road, Reading

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
George W Wheelwright Head 50 Grocer Stourbridge
Isabella G Wheelwright wife 45   Stourbridge
Alice Wheelwright daughter 17 Dressmaker Old Swinton, Stourbridge
George Wheelwright son 16 Clerk Old Swinton, Stourbridge
Isabel Wheelwright daughter 14 Scholar Old Swinton, Stourbridge
Frederick B Wheelwright son 11 Scholar Old Swinton, Stourbridge
Leslie J Wheelwright son 7 Scholar Old Swinton, Stourbridge
Millicent Wheelwright daughter 1   Old Swinton, Stourbridge
Sarah Ballard servant 15 General servant Reading

RG12 piece 993 folio 128 page 8

1901: 530, Oxford Road, Reading

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
George W Wheelwright Head 60 Grocer Shopkeeper Hagley
Isabella G Wheelwright wife 55   Stourbridge
Isabel Wheelwright daughter 24 Coach Builder Stourbridge
Leslie Wheelwright son 18 Scholar Stourbridge
Lily Wheelwright daughter 13   Reading

RG13 piece 1146 folio 77 page 8

1911: 55 Flora Road, Hay Mills, Birmingham

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Isaac Ford Head 41 Wire cleaner Mayfield
Annie Ford wife 39   Riseley, Beds
William Ford son 8   Hay Mills
Harry Frd son 5   Hay Mills
Leslie Wheelwright boarder 28 Carpenter Old Swinford, Worcester

RG14PN18657 RG78PN1115 RD392 SD1 ED19 SN146

Register of Electors 1918
James WHEELWRIGHT, Fritchley; absent on military service

1939 Register: Brookvale Road, Solihull
Leslie J Wheelwright b.26 September 1884; carpenter
Harriet Wheelwright b.31 May 1885