Author Topic: James Wheat - Engineer, 1969 to 1986 born 1926  (Read 15672 times)

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« Reply #20 on: Jun 19, 2014, 01:49 PM »
I made contact with the funeral directors and requested that they pass on my details to the family.

I will also send a handwritten letter for the attention of the family via the same company, requesting details of Jim's life, his time in the RN and his career with the QE2. If they still have them.
Of course, with the forum administrators permission, I will pass on the appropriate sentiments for the passing of Jim and anything that is received will be posted on here for all of his old friends to see.

As you say CAP (Captain or Combat Air Patrol? I think a few on here will remember that terminology, and a welcome sight, too.....the old GR3 Harrier :P) it gives a real sense of achievement or a warm feeling that someone who has gone on, wherever we are going, has been remembered and has a lasting image out there on the internet.

I will carry on my research into Jim.
However, work is calling........got to keep the wheels of industry turning. Good old Tata Steel.

If I see anymore QE2 SAMs or linked gongs, I will definitely be having a punt at a purchase.

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« Reply #21 on: Jun 19, 2014, 03:31 PM »
good work Jonno, funny that both his family and I used the term 'a ready smile' - I'll raise a glass to Jim this evening.

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« Reply #22 on: Jun 19, 2014, 06:30 PM »
A warm welcome to the forum from me Jonno.

It sounds as though your research is going very well and you have been able to compile a sizeable amount of information in a short space of time.

It is great that you have found some people here who knew Jim personally and who have been able to shed light on the character of the man in question. I hope as time goes on, that you will be able to build a fuller picture of Jims life and his time on QE2. I don't remember Jim personally although I am sure I would recognise him, as my time on board would have overlapped with his and our paths would almost certainly have crossed.

I narrowly missed out on the Falklands trip, I had left the QE2 just after the end of the 82 world cruise and was on holiday when it was announced that she had been requisitioned. By the time I got home and contacted my boss the place for the one photographer allowed had already been offered to one of my former colleagues Paul Guest.

Good luck with your continuing research and I look forward to hearing more about it.
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« Reply #23 on: Jun 19, 2014, 06:47 PM »
Welcome, Jonno, to The Forum !  June 
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« Reply #24 on: Jun 19, 2014, 08:59 PM »
Cheers for the welcome, Alan and June! ;)

Alan, I think if I had missed the chance of being a part of the history, I would have stowed away somewhere with my light meter, Leica and a large packed lunch. One more familiar face among a crowd :D (No digital cameras, then or mobiles to fire off! ???)

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« Reply #25 on: Jun 19, 2014, 09:04 PM »
good work Jonno, funny that both his family and I used the term 'a ready smile' - I'll raise a glass to Jim this evening.

Yes, that struck me, too.
I'm raising a Crabbies to him, while watching England going down the head in Brazil. (latrine/chemibog to us rough squaddies!)
He does sound like a grand chap.
J

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« Reply #26 on: Jun 19, 2014, 10:05 PM »
From what I was able to glean Jim only served on QE and QE2.
He was indeed a true gentleman, that cared deeply about his family.Kind to all even if you made the most momentous mistake!

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« Reply #27 on: Jun 19, 2014, 10:32 PM »
Thats one of the really nice things about this forum, we can share a brief moment remembering a shipmate and past good times. Thanks for that Jonno, and the forum-meisters. Cheers Jim
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« Reply #28 on: Jun 19, 2014, 11:15 PM »
Looks like he may have had some WW2 Royal Navy service as a young chap. My uncle served with the RN at the end of WW2 and had WW2 medal entitlement of 1939-45 Star, Atlantic Star & British War Medal, he was born a month after Jim in 1926.
I have prepared a letter this afternoon which will be posted to the funeral director and onto the family. Hopefully, they will pass it on.
Once I get my teeth into something like this, I like to crack on.

Cheers, Jim. Just having a quick Macallans'........rare stuff, I kid you not :o

J

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« Reply #29 on: Jun 20, 2014, 10:04 AM »
Good to see that your research is progressing so well.  I do a lot of family history research and have been in a similar situation where I have written to people I do not know for information and have been pleasantly surprised at how pleased they have been to hear from me and how much information they have been willing to to share. 
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James Wheat - Engineer, 1969 to 1986 born 1926
« Reply #30 on: Jun 20, 2014, 10:22 PM »
Hi Chaps ;)

Trying to locate details of Jimmy Wheat.
Photographs, details of Merchant and Royal Navy service, Falklands episode......anything at all, memories, anecdotes.....anything to do with this grand old lad who is no longer with us.
I have placed a thread in the 'Introduction' section, too.
As many of the good people on this forum already know.

Cheers
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« Reply #31 on: Jun 20, 2014, 10:38 PM »
The kindness and willingness of people to share what information they have is awesome.

I am hoping Jim's family feel the same way. The letter I am sending mentions the QE2 forum, the people who knew Jim, and the interest my asking questions has created. Of course, with his recent passing, I have been suitably respectful, offering the forum members condolences etc.

Now, not being a regular QE2 buff, the 'End of Steam' terminology I keep coming across refers to the change in engine types, I understand.
Obviously, it was the end of an era and the QE2's first run out was well celebrated.
I have located a crew photograph from that time. No doubt there are many out there, but can anyone identify Jim Wheat?
I know it is not a greatly detailed photo, but his position in the pic from someone else who has the pic.....if you get my drift, would be brilliant.




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« Reply #32 on: Jun 20, 2014, 10:56 PM »
By the way, my avatar photo was taken by my father in our dining room, on the night I left to go South with my regiment.
I will never forget that evening.
My poor old Mum shed a tear as Dad gave me a lift to barracks. We had all been called back from leave early.
I had never seen Mum cry and it started me thinking, 'What the hell have I let myself in for?'
Knowing that both Mum and Dad had lost close relatives in WW2 and one in Malaya in 1957, everything just came into focus.
It is strange looking back as a middle aged old fart ???

Eeee! I was a fresh faced young smoothy in them days! 8) :o

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« Reply #33 on: Jun 20, 2014, 11:29 PM »
Hello again.  Jim Wheat is there he's on the port side with the dark glasses (engineers don't do sunshine!)  If you look at the rotund officer on the far right of the front row, thats Brian Vickers, 2 rows behind him is an engineer with a beard, that's Martin Kay over Martins right shoulder is an Engineer with Cap and dark Glasses. J Wheat Esq,  I have that photo on my wall here, it was taken by a friend Glyn Genin of the FT who now works for Insight Guides. I'm there too, and so is my wife.
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« Reply #34 on: Jun 20, 2014, 11:34 PM »
Cheers for clearing that one up, Willum.
Top stuff, Willum!
I have found a basic image of him. At last! 8)


I spotted this photo on ebay, of all places.
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« Reply #35 on: Jun 21, 2014, 12:28 AM »
Thanks for the position description, Willum. I will have a better look after 6-2 in the morning.

It would seem that Jim served on a few ships

Mauretania (the ship on which my Dad went to India, after he had ceased bomber ops.) Southampton to New York. 1952/53

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Mauretania_(1938)

Andria........ Liverpool to New York 1954  (Sunk in a collision with the Stockholm? I take it this is the same ship?)

http://rmhh.co.uk/ships/pages/Andria-1.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Andrea_Doria

Arabia....... Liverpool to New York 1954

http://rmhh.co.uk/ships/pages/ss_arabia.html

Scythia....... London to New York 1951

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Scythia

Alsatia....... London to New York 1953

http://rmhh.co.uk/ships/pages/Alsatia.html

Franconia...Liverpool to New York 1955

http://rmhh.co.uk/ships/pages/Franconia.html

All on the ships Manifest and passenger lists listed as various grades of engineer.

J
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Re: Researching crewmen of the QE2.
« Reply #36 on: Jun 21, 2014, 12:37 AM »
Nice one, Willum! ;D

GOT HIM! ;)

I should be in bed, now.
I'm on earlies int morning. Got a steel works to keep going! :'(

Back tomorrow!
Once again, thanks for your time and help!

Jonno

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« Reply #37 on: Jun 21, 2014, 03:27 AM »
Welcome, Jonno.

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« Reply #38 on: Jun 21, 2014, 07:52 PM »
Cheers, Adam ;)
Just updated the info on Jim Wheat :D

Looks like Jim had a few siblings.

John S Wheat b.1916

Betty Wheat b.1920

Patricia Wheat b.1931

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« Reply #39 on: Jun 22, 2014, 09:22 AM »

Andria........ Liverpool to New York 1954  (Sunk in a collision with the Stockholm? I take it this is the same ship?)

http://rmhh.co.uk/ships/pages/Andria-1.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Andrea_Doria

Jonno,

Cunard's Andria (1) was not the ship involved in the collision with Stockholm, this was theAndrea Doria of Italian Lines.  This event took place in 1956.

 

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