Personal and family information:
John Wheal birth registered Ongar Q3 1885. [Free BMD]
Blackmore’s Baptism Register records an
Alfred John Wheal baptised on 13th December 1885 (with the Vicar adding “born
19/8/85”). His parents were Charles, a
labourer, and Sarah, of Swallows Cross, Blackmore [ERO D/P 266/1/11].
The name appears in the ‘Sunday School Admission Register’
as Alfred John Wheal with “age” recorded as “18/8/86”.
[ERO D/P 266/28]
Census: Blackmore. Alfred Wheal b. ca 1886, with parents Charles b. 1837 and
Sarah b. 1852.
In the 1911
Census (then aged 24) Alfred Wheal is living as a boarder at Collins Farm,
Hutton at the home of George & Elizabeth Philpott. The Head of the
Household was a “horsemen on farm”.
Alfred Wheal’s employment is described as “Carman for roads
siblings are recorded on Blackmore’s War Memorial is survivors:
Charles Wheal, born Doddinghurst, 1881, served as a Stoker in the Royal Navy.
Edward Wheal, born Blackmore, 1887, was a Private in the Machine Gun Corps.
List of Sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), Essex Record Office, Find My Past.com / Soldiers
who Died in the Great War, Dave Wheal a descendent, Western Front Association