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VC582   George Godfrey Massy Wheeler

BORN   31 January 1873

DIED   13 April 1915   AGE   42

VC Won    12 April 1915   AGE   42

Place VC Won   Shaibah, Mesopotamia

War/Campaign   First World War 1915

Name   George Godfrey Massy Wheeler   No.      POSTHUMOUS

VC Issue No.   582   Awards   VC   

Regiment   Indian Army, 7th Hariana Lancers, A Squadron


Now   18th King Edwards Own Cavarly, Indian Army

Rank VC Won   Major

Rank End Of Career   Major

Place Of Birth   Chakrata, United Provinces, India

Place Of Death   North Mound, near Shaibah, Mesopotamia (now Iraq)

Buried/Location Ashes   Basra War Cemetery (Cemetery damaged during the Iraq - Iran War and again during during the Allied invasion 2003/ 04), Iraq


Date Buried/Cremated   

Headstone   Headstone   Plot/Grave no.   Plot III, Row C, Grave 22

Gazetted   1 September 1915

VC Presented   Presented to his wife, after being sent to the India Office on 4 September 1916


Named on family headstone at Deans Grange Cemetery, D·n Laoghaire, Dublin, Co. Dublin, Ireland

P  Named on Hindhead War Memorial, St Albans Church, , Hindhead, Surrey  

P  Named on memorial, Sandhurst Memorial Chapel, Camberley, Surrey   

P  Named on Memorial Gates, Constitution Hill, Westminster, London

P  Victoria Cross Commemorative Paving Stone, National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire

By The Way…

He was known later in life as Massy-Wheeler. At one time their was a headstone, but with the Iran-Iraq war of the 80’s, and the Iraq invasion and anti British feeling, there is only a slim chance the stone has survived

VC Held By

Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton & Hove City Council, East Sussex



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