Rolls of Honour: Eccleshill, Park & St Luke’s; Cambria Memorial
Regiment: Yorks & Lancaster
Harold Arthur Wheat
Harold Arthur Wheat was born in Bradford on the 19th of March 1895, the son of Walter Sanderson Wheat and Emma, nee Bowker. Emma died during the birth.Walter married again to Lizzie Louise Bach nee Owen and had one son, Frank born in 1899. By 1911 the family had moved to 17 Whitehead Place and had one servant. Harold, at 16 years of age, was living with his uncle, Arthur Bowker, at 294 Western Bank, Sheffield, and working as an apprentice electro-plater. Harold enlisted in September 1914 as Private 12/1093 in the Yorkshire and Lancashire Regiment. On a home leave in 1915 he married Abigail Lois Hardy in
Basford. Abigail had been born in 1897 in Mansfield. His Battalion took part in the Battle of the Somme when Harold was wounded on the first day of the battle. On the 16th of April 1917 he was chosen to attend the No. 6 Officer Cadet Battalion and on completion of the course was assigned as 2nd Lieutenant to the West Yorkshire Regiment and was later re-assigned to a commission in the 3rd Battalion of the Yorkshire and Lancashire Regiment. On returning to the Front he was again wounded this time in both legs and one arm by gunshot and he
was treated in Worsley Hall Hospital, Manchester. Harold’s Battalion was involved in the Cambrai Operations from the 20th November to the 30th December 1917 which was initially successful but the surprise German counter attack from the 30th November to the 3rd of December turned the Operation into a disaster. A total of 7000 men were either killed in action or went missing, Harold being one of them, killed in action on the 2nd of December 1917. He was 22 years of age.He is remembered on the Cambrai Memorial which commemorates the 7000 men who died in the
Battle of Cambrai and whose graves are not known.Harold left his effects to his widow Abigail Lois who received £7.0.3d on the 29th of December 1918 and a War Gratuity received by Abigail Donohue of £8.10.0d on the 3rd September 1919. Abigail had remarried in 1919.Frank’s elder half sister May had immigrated to Bombay as a teacher in 1914 and met and married a Wesleyan Methodist minister, Thomas Whittle. She spent the next 20 years working as a missionary with her husband, returning periodically on furlough to 17 Whitehead Place until the death of Lizzie in 1923. She named her eldest child Harold Arthur.
Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks