WHEELER, John William

  1. Service Details
  2. Personal Details
  3. Unit and Rank Details
  4. Fate
  5. Commemoration
  6. Notes
  7. Sources

Service Details

Branch of Service
Army
Conflict
Vietnam War

Personal Details

Gender
Male
Date of Birth
25/04/1948
Place of Birth
Sydney NSW
Address (at enlistment)
51 Raymond Street, Ainslie ACT
Occupation
Soldier
Next of Kin
Son of Roy and Enid Wheeler of 51 Raymond Street, Ainslie ACT
Burial Place

Norwood Park Crematorium, Mitchell ACT

Unit and Rank Details

Service Number
235407
Final Rank
Lieutenant
Final Unit
3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment

Fate

Died 2 March 1971 aged 22 years, killed in action Phuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam

Commemoration

AWM Roll of Honour Memorial Panel 5, Canberra ACT
Roll of Honour, Parade Ground, Royal Military College, Duntroon
Norwood Park Crematorium (ACT), Ex Service Wall - Row 3 - No 2
Memorial Plaque at Lyneham High School, Goodwin Street, Lyneham

Notes

John Wheeler was the grandson of an original Anzac, represented the ACT in schoolboy rugby and graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon in 1969. After training at RMC Duntroon he spent a year at the army base at Woodside in the Adelaide Hills. He served in Vietnam from 12 February 1971 with the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment but was killed by a grenade during a nine hour night contact in Phuoc Tuy Province in March 1971. He is commemorated at Norwood Park in Canberra and by Wheeler Avenue in the Adelaide suburb of Pooraka.

Sources

AWM Roll of Honour Database
The Weekend Australian - 3, 4 October 1992
Louise Lyon (ed.), 'Voices of Old Ainslie', 1995
John Cope, 'Between the First Forty Lynes: A History of Lyneham High School 1959-1999', Canberra 1999
Nominal Roll of Vietnam Veterans http://www.vietnamroll.gov.au
The Canberra Times - 24 January 1963
Images and information provided courtesy of the Wheeler family

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John Wheeler with Governor General Sir Paul Hasluck, RMC graduation parade, 9 December 1969

John Wheeler with Governor General Sir Paul Hasluck, RMC graduation parade, 9 December 1969

John Wheeler, December 1970

John Wheeler, December 1970

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