WHEELER, Geoffrey Edmund

1929 - 1995

Geoffrey Wheeler

Geoffrey Edmund John Wheeler was born at Penn, Buckinghamshire on 12 August 1929, second son of Oliver Charles Wheeler (10 July 1893-13 October 1973), a carpenter & joiner, and his wife Gladys née Miles (17 March 1901-26 January 1986), who married at High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire in 1926 and in 1939 were living at 'Cherry Trees', Haylands Road, Amersham, Buckinghamshire. In 1945, Geoffrey joined the Great Western Railways in their Paddington drawing office and then trained as a wireless operator in the Royal Navy and his first book was an illustrated account of his ship HMS 'Amethyst' during the Korean War. After two years in a mechanical publication's studio, in 1961 he became a freelance professional artist being famous for his cutaway drawings for 'Eagle' comic and the 'Blue Peter' annual. An associate member of the Guild of Railway Artists and his work was published in 'Railway Magazine', 'Steam Railway' and 'Mayfair' and his book 'Fired by Steam' was published in 1987. As Petty Office Geoffrey Wheeler he married at Tyler's Church Green, Penn, High Wycombe in May 1950, Enid PamelaWheeler, née Ward and they lived at Bardwell Windmill, Suffolk where he renovated his own Ruston & Hornsby traction engine and where he ran his own O-gauge railway. Geoffrey Edmund John Wheeler was of The Windmill, Bardwell when he died in the West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmund's on 15 October 1995 and the following year Bressingham Steam Museum held a memorial show which included his cartoons under his penname of 'Crispin'.

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