George Godfrey Massy Wheeler

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George Godfrey Massy Wheeler
Born 31 January 1873
Chakrata, British India
Died 13 April 1915 (aged 42)
Shaiba, Mesopotamia
Buried Basra War Cemetery
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch British Indian Army
Rank Major
Unit The Wiltshire Regiment
7th Hariana Lancers
Battles/wars World War I 
Awards Victoria Cross
Relations Sir Hugh Massey Wheeler (grandfather)

George Godfrey Massy Wheeler, VC (31 January 1873 – 13 April 1915) was a British Army officer, and a recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Background and family[edit]

Wheeler was a grandson of Sir Hugh Massy Wheeler. He was educated at Bedford Modern School. In 1900 he married Nellie Purcell, a daughter of the surgeon Ferdinand Purcell.

Military career[edit]

Wheeler was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Wiltshire Regiment on 20 May 1893, and was promoted to lieutenant on 1 April 1895. He transferred to the Indian Staff Corps where he was attached to the 7th Bengal Lancers, stationed at Faizabad.[1] Appointed adjutant of the regiment on 25 October 1901, he was promoted to captain on 20 May 1902.[2]

Victoria Cross[edit]

He was Major in the 7th Hariana Lancers, British Indian Army, during World War I. On 12 April 1915 at Shaiba, Mesopotamia, Major Wheeler led his squadron in an attempt to capture a flag which was the centre-point of a group of the enemy who were firing on one of his troop's picquets. He advanced, attacked the enemy's infantry with the lance, and then retired while the enemy swarmed out of hidden ground where Royal Artillery guns could attack them. On 13 April Major Wheeler led his squadron to the attack of the North Mound. He was seen far ahead of his men, riding straight for the enemy's standards, but was killed in the attack. Major Wheeler was 42 years old at the time of this action, for which he was awarded the VC.[3][4]


  1. ^ Hart′s Army list, 1903
  2. ^ "No. 27469". The London Gazette. 29 August 1902. p. 5608. 
  3. ^ CWGC entry
  4. ^ "No. 29281". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 August 1915. p. 8699. 

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