WHEELAN, George Leslie

Known as: 
Les
Rank: 
Private
Regiment/Corps: 
Liverpool Scottish QOCH
Service: 
Army
Service numbers: 
2930965
P.O.W. number: 
18589
Born: 
Monday, September 27, 1915
Died : 
Wednesday, May 16, 1979
Age: 
63
Operations: 
Private Leslie Wheelan 2 Commando

Private Les Wheelan, 5 Troop, was one of the commando contingent on board HMS Campbeltown during the raid at St Nazaire in March 1942. He was reported missing after the raid, later found to have been wounded and taken prisoner. He was transported to Stalag 344 (V111b) Lamsdorf, Poland.

George Leslie Wheelan, known as Les, was from Wallasey in the Wirral, and worked post war at the Owen Owen department store in Merseyside. He married Molly and they had 2 children, Lesley and Paul.  Les died of a heart attack in 1979 *. 

Sources
Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives files WO417/41; WO417/44; and WO417/47.
Prisoners Of War 1715-1945 /  National Archives fiile WO392/11.
POW images in our Gallery.
St Nazaire Society website.
* His Daughter Lesley and Granddaughter Nina.

Notes
Surname often seen misspelt as Whelan.  First name and middle name also seen incorrectly reversed. 


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