-H.M.S. Hood Crew Information-
H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour
Memorials to Men Lost in the Sinking of Hood, 24th May 1941

Updated 08-May-2014

We will remember them
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In Remembrance of
Francis William Wheeler

Photo of Able Seaman Francis William Wheeler, courtesy of Margeret Stockwell, April 2008

Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Able Seaman
Service Number: P/JX 146724
Date Joined Hood: Unknown
Biographical Information: Frank as he was known, was born on 13 August 1920 in Redhill, Surrey. He was the second of five children born to William and Frances Wheeler of Lowlands Farm, Newchapel, Lingfield, Surrey. His mother died when he was young (1929). He father remarried and had seven additional children.

Frank was trained at H.M.S. Ganges and was known to be a bugler. His brother James was also lost in naval service. Frank was 20 years old at the time of his loss. We have no additional information.

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Memorial Information
Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 49, Column 3 (click to view panel)
Also memorialised at
Hood Chapel, Church of St John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire
Additional Photographs
Frank Wheeler and a Marine at Malta, 26 Dec 1939
Above- Frank and an unidentified Marine Bugler at Malta on 26 December 1939
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
His sister, Margeret and nephew, Kevin Stockwell (photos and information, April 2008)
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ