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    Default The Service Number of W/O Charles Wheeler Died-in-Harness Aged 59 on 26 Jul 1945

    Hallo All,
    For a particular research project I have been downloading some fairly big chunks of the CWGC database to Excel. I then manipulate the data for various reasons. A by-product of this exercise is that erroneous Service Numbers (in the CWGC database) stand out like a dogs whatsits. I have patiently tracked almost all of these errors down to ‘typos’. There were a couple of missing numbers. Found those. Have reported most to “CWGC Errors” on the forum, and by email to CWGC (there are a few as yet unreported).
    The last one is causing some significant problems, and I throw this one open to you all to attempt to solve his Service Number! Might be a good mental way of working off the prandial excesses of the forthcoming festive season?!!!
    The guy in question is:-
    Charles Wheeler (I have no proof that ‘Charles’ was his only Forename).
    Warrant Officer Charles Wheeler, RAF, died on 26 Jul 1945. His Death – being in England & Wales – was formally Registered as occurring in the Registration District of Samford (FREEBMD) Vol 4a Page 853. He was Buried in Orford (St Bartholomew) Churchyard (CWGC) (GE 52.095123 1.534955). This is only 1.5 miles from RAF Orfordness (which does not seem to have been a self-accounting Station – so no ORB?) (RAFWEB).
    He is said to have been 59 when he died (I have his D Cert on its way for the precise CoD, and any other pertinent details). This must make his Birth 1886? He would have been 18 in 1904? – and 28 in 1914? CWGC have him with an MiD. I cannot find when he was Awarded this on the LG.
    The Service Numbers (from AIR 78) for Charles (no other forename) Wheeler don’t fit an elderly Warrant Officer. The only Service Numbers that might fit are for Charles Arnold Wheeler (272287) and Charles Alfred Wheeler (903126). 272287 is in the Block 270001-275000 issued to Canadians transferring/joining(?) the RAF between 1 May 1918 and 31 Jul 1918(?) – which further complicates the matter?
    His Service Number, currently given by two sources (CWGC and RAFWEB) is “SR4”. It would seem that one copied from the other? This Number defeats all my efforts to find what it might have been a typo from! I have given up guessing. Was he the only member of “Special Reserve No 4”?
    Now I am quite happy to be told that the answer in blindingly obvious – but I can’t see it. Age & Infirmity!!
    Can you help?
    TIA
    Peter Davies
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    Peter

    Not much help per se, but the National Probate Calendar records that he died at Tattingstone, Suffolk.

    However, more helpfully FMP has his R.A.F. service file, and his Form 1580 confirms his Official Number as SR4, R.A.F. trade as "F:II:E" and his civil occupation as Fitter. Date of birth June 21st 1886. Attestation date August 5th 1914.

    Promoted to Warrant Officer on January 27th 1935, remustered F.2.E.

    He was at 10 O.T.U. between April 1940 and May 1943, then at 13 M.U., Henlow, 50 M.U., Oxford and finally 20 (P) A.F.U. from November 1943 until he was discharged on December 12th 1944 'under the provisions of [illegible] para 652 clause 4(b).

    Awarded Long Service & Good Conduct Medal August 5th 1932.

    Awarded M.i.D. Certificate January 7th 1942.

    See also: http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?7542-Strange-RAF-RAFVR-serial-Numbers-on-CWGC

    and: https://discovery.nationalarchives.g...ils/r/C3979250

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    Simon
    Last edited by wwrsimon; 24th November 2019 at 16:41. Reason: typo

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    Special Reserve 4

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    From

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    SR4. CHARLES WHEELER Recalled 5 August, 1914. Initially was 2AM with No. 6 Squadron. Served overseas from 2 April, 1915, he was entitled to 1914/15 trio. Promoted to Sergeant (Fitter general) 1 December, 1916 and retained that rank and trade in April, 1918 RAF Muster Roll. Remained in the RAF after
    war and was awarded his RAF L.S.&G.C. as a Flight Sergeant with effect from 5 August, 1932. Appointed Warrant Officer, 27 January, 1935 and in 1938 (March) A.F.L. is shown as serving at RAF Abingdon (HQ, No. 1 Bomber Group) from 22 February, 1937. 81st senior RAF Warrant Officer in November, 1941 A.F.L. and 39th senior in October, 1944.

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    Just to tidy this one up!
    Charles Wheeler
    Died on 26 Jul 1945 at Tattingstone House (GE 51.992591 1.109721), Tattingstone (Tattingstone Park and the former Samford House of Industry, or Workhouse (1766–1930). This site was used as St Mary's hospital until it was redeveloped for housing in 1991.)
    He is said, on the DC, to have been living at 101 Front St, Orford (GE 52.095313 1.533794) , Deben. Pensioned Warrant Officer RAF (first noted as a “Naval Pensioner”, but corrected on 18 Sep 45). Orford is just across the River Alde from Orford Ness. Any connection?
    CoD 1a Cerebral Embolism
    Informant M P Shore – Occupier, Tattingstone House.
    There is no indication how long he had been in the hospital. 101 Front Street, Orford, seems to have been re-developed in relatively modern times. Wheeler is stated as having been a Pensioner - yet appears in CWGC? Don't know the Rules!
    HTH
    Peter Davies
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    We might not know - but we might know who does!

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