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  • Name: George Campbell WHEELER
  • D.O.B: 7th April, 1880
  • D.O.A: 23rd February, 1917
  • D.O.D: 26th August, 1938
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Major, 2nd Battalion 9th Gurkha Rifles, 37th Brigade, 14th Division, Indian Army

Shumran peninsula, west of Kut-el-Amara, Mesopotamia 23 February 1917

23 February 1917

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The First World War Mesopotamia 1915-1918 

As the fighting continued on the northern bank of the Tigris at Sanna-i-Yat east of Kut-el- Amara, on 23 February 1917 the British forces on the southern bank of the river crossed the Tigris by pontoons onto the Shumran peninsula, west of Kut. There were three crossing points west of the Dahra Bend. Number 2 Ferry came under very heavy Turkish fire, and only the leading parties from 2nd Battalion 9th Gurkha Rifles were able to land. Despite this Major G C Wheeler and the men with him managed to advance 150 yards. The following day British troops captured the Dahra Ridge at the mouth of the Shumran pensinsula.

Citation

 For the most conspicuous bravery and determination. This officer, together with one Gurkha officer and eight men, crossed a river and immediately rushed the enemy’s trench under heavy bombing, rifle, machine gun, and artillery fire. Having obtained a footing on the river bank, he was almost immediately afterwards counter-attacked by a strong enemy party with bombers. Major Campbell Wheeler at once led a charge with another officer and three men, receiving a severe bayonet wound in the head, but managed, in spite of this, to disperse the enemy. This bold action on his part undoubtedly saved the situation. In spite of his wound, he continued to consolidate his position. 

Second Supplement to The London Gazette of 8 June 1917. 8 June 1917, Numb. 30122, p. 5702

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