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Name: Ralph Wheeler

Burial Number: 1026

Gender: Male

Occupation: Army Schoolmaster

Distinction: Army Schoolmaster

Born: 3/3/1860

Died: 20/03/1921

Buried: 24/03/1921


Ralph was born in the village of Alderbury near Salisbury, Wilts. He was the son of William George Wheeler and his wife Eliza. Ralph trained as a teacher and by 1881 was a master at Taplow Grammar School in Buckinghamshire. On 3rd January 1883, Ralph enlisted in the 2nd Royal Scots Guards and was immediately transferred to the Corps of Army Schoolmasters. He was described as being 5ft 10ins tall with blue eyes and scars on both knees. Ralph married Alexina Gordon Smith at St Giles, Edinburgh on 27th October 1885. The following month he was transferred to the 8th Hussars but still part of the Corps of Army Schoolmasters. Ralph and Alexina went to India with the regiment. Their son Ernest Percival was born on 6th January 1889 in Meerut, Bengal. Sadly, he died on 7th August. A second son, Cuthbert Gordon was born on 3rd January 1890 in Rangoon. The family returned to England in September 1891 where Cuthbert died in Alderbury at the end of the year. Ralph was based at Aldershot, Hants until March 1892. A son, Ralph Gordon was born during this time. From January 1893 until January 1897, the family were based at the Garrison School in Edinburgh. They travelled to Malta next and stayed there until April 1902. From 1903, Ralph was teaching at the Garrison School, Shornecliffe Camp, Cheriton, Kent. After serving thirty years in the Army, Ralph was discharged on 2nd January 1913. He gave his intended address as “Brierlea” Kingsland Road, Broadwater, Worthing. He received the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. The family later moved to 39 Rowlands Road where Ralph died on 20th March 1921. No probate.

Researcher: Carol Sullivan

The Grave

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Location in Cemetery

Area: SES Row: 11 Plot: 13

Exact Location (what3words): chain.petty.such

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In loving memory of my dear husband Ralph E Wheeler who passed away March 20th 1921 age 60 "At rest" Also of Alexina Cordon Wheeler his wife died 9th January 1945

Further Information


Name: Ralph Edgar Wheeler

Gender: Male

Born: 3/3/1860

Town: Alderbury

County: Wiltshire

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: 27/10/1885

Spouse First Name: Alexina

Spouse Second Name: Gordon

Spouse Last Name: Smith

Town of Marriage: Edinburgh

County of Marriage: Midlothian (County of Edinburgh)

Country of Marriage: Scotland

Information at Death

Date of Death: 20/03/1921

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: 39

Address line 2: Rowlands Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


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Personal Effects

Money left to others: No value recorded

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information


12 Scott’s Lane, Alderbury, Wilts

William George aged 36, printer and pressman. Eliza aged 34. Frederick William aged 13. Kate Eliza aged 10. Walter Adolphus aged 8. Alfred George aged 6. Laura Augusta aged 3. Ralph Edgar aged 1. Tabitha Taylor aged 45, lodger, seamstress. Plus 1 servant.


12 Scott’s Lane, Salisbury, Wilts.

William G aged 46, printer and pressman. Eliza aged 44. Alfred George aged 15, pupil teacher. Laura Augusta aged 13. Ralph Edgar aged 11. Louise Helena aged 8. Edward Cuthbert aged 1. Frances Eleanor aged 1.



Cottage, Taplow Grammar School, Bucks.

Ralph aged 21, schoolmaster.


In India


In Malta


Schoolmaster’s Quarters, Somerset Barracks, Shornecliffe Camp, Cheriton, Kent.

Ralph aged 51, warrant officer. Alexina aged 45, wife.

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