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ROBERT J. WHEELER
Private Robert John Wheeler, 26112, 1st South Wales Borderers.
Died 25th July 1916 aged 21.
Decorations: The British War Medal and The Victory medal.
Robert was the second son of Richard and Ann Wheeler of Cross Cottage, Caerwent. His father was a boot maker and also served as the Parish Clerk, but died before the onset of the War.
Robert enlisted at Newport, was sent to France and died of wounds in July 1916. He is buried in the St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen.
His brother Ronald was killed some two years later.
His mother and her surviving son George continued to live at the Cross for some years.
Mrs Wheeler was affectionately known as "Mrs Dropshoe" due to her habit of dropping shoes whilst cleaning them.
George maintained the family connection with Shirenewton by marrying Molly Bryant, a teacher at Mynyddbach School.
JN Oct 1997