95th Regiment, 42 Brigade
2nd Bn Shropshire Regiment
Private 531 & 1183
Joseph WHEELDON was born in Q4 of 1859 and baptised at Crich on 20 January 1860.
He was born at Fritchley to William and Ann WHEELDON.
1861 Census: Farrs, Crich
William WHEELDON, head, 25, farm labourer; born Monyash
Ann WHEELDON, wife, 24; born Belper
John W WHEELDON, son, 5, scholar; born Crich
Joseph WHEELDON, son, 1; born Crich
[RG09 2512 83 4]
1871 Census: Crich
William WHEELDON, head, 36, flabourer; born Youlgrave
Ann WHEELDON, wife, 34; born Belper
John W WHEELDON, son, 14, labourer; born Crich
Joseph WHEELDON, son, 11, labourer; born Fritchley
[RG10 3587 60 21]
On 5 December 1876 Joseph Enlisted into the Army – he was aged 18 years 6 months; a labourer; 5ft 5¼
; ruddy complexion; light hazel eyes; brown hair; Wesleyan.
In 1879 he was briefly promoted to Lance Corporal before returning to Private the following year.
In July 1881 he was transferred into the Shropshire Regiment and served in Natal during that year during the Transvaal War.
In 1883. whilst still serving. he married Martha WATSON at Duffield.
He was discharged at Shewsbury after 12 years service on 4 December 1888 .
Army Record 1876–1888
1883 Marriage at Duffield
Joseph and Martha's married life at Belper was rather colourful as various newspapers reported over several years.
1891 Census: Belper
Joseph WHEELDON, head, 31 General labourer; born Crich
Martha WHEELDON, wife, 32; born Belper
[RG12 2744 62 16]
1901 Census: St John's Road, Belper
Joseph WHEELDON, head, 41, Grocer; born Crich
Martha WHELDON, wife, 42; born Belper
[RG13 3228 188 37]
Joseph died in Q2 of 1920 at Belper. There was an Inquest.
Derbyshire Times 24 April 1920
Martha died in Q4 of 1832 at Belper.