NOTE: The grave marker in Fairview Cemetery in Culpeper, Culpeper Co., VA, is a cenotaph (a memorial marker). He was buried in Brookwood American Military Cemetery, Brookwood, Woking Borough, Surrey, England. Memorial #56504017.
FLIER E. R. WHEATLEY MEETS DEATH ABROAD.
MOTHER WAS A DAUGHTER OF W. H. BROWN OF CULPEPER.
Lieut. Eugene Russell Wheatley of the American branch of the British Royal Flying Corps, a resident of the District nearly all his life, was killed in an accident somewhere "on the other side" March 10, the War Department has announced. Relatives of Lieut. Wheatley have made unsuccessful efforts to obtain details from the War Department of how the young flier met his death.
Mrs. L. Stewart Barr of the Wyoming apartments, an aunt, will leave today for Detroit, Mich., where Lieut. Wheatley's mother is ill from shock as a result of the news of her only son's death. The aviator's father, Joseph Walter Wheatley, is a special agent for the United States Customs Service, now stationed in Detroit. In addition to Mrs. Barr, another aunt of Lieut. Wheatley, Mrs. Benjamin S. Favorite of 3020 Dent Place, and an uncle, Harris N. Brown, jeweler, survive.
Born in Culpeper, Va., Lieut. Wheatley came to Washington with his parents when a child. He received his early education in the public schools and in 1915 graduated from the Western High School. While attending high school, he lived in Florence Courts.
He attended the Bliss Electric School for a brief period, and then entered the University of Virginia to study engineering. At the close of the university term last June, he came here and entered the officers' training camp at Fort Myer. Without waiting for a commission, he and thirteen others went to Canada and entered the American section of the British Flying Corps. During his several months of training in Canada, Lieut. Wheatley had the record of not once damaging a machine in flight or in landing.
Toward the close of 1917, he was transferred to the American aviation fields in Texas as an instructor, and about the middle of January went over to enter the fray. When his parents last heard from him, he was in England waiting to be sent to the front.
His relatives here Monday said their great regret was that he was killed before he had an opportunity to deal a blow at the enemy.
Lieut. Wheatley would have been twenty-two years old next month had he lived. He was unmarried.
--Washington Star. Lieut. Wheatley was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Wheatley, now living in Detroit. Mrs. Wheatley was Miss Bessie Brown of Culpeper where she was the deepest sympathy of all. A few years ago Mr. and Mrs. Wheatley lost their young daughter who died suddenly after a few hours illness. (Source: The Culpeper Exponent, Culpeper, VA, Thursday morning, 28 Mar 1918, Volume 37, #50, p 1).
TELLS OF AVIATOR'S DEATH
FRIEND OF LIEUT. "RUSS" WHEATLEY DESCRIBES ACCIDENT IN FRANCE
Charlottesville, Va., Sept. 11--Particulars of the accident which resulted in the death of Lieut. Eugene Russell Wheatley of Washington, D. C., the first University of Virginia engineering student to be killed in the war, are containing in a letter from Lieut. Thomas J. Michie, Jr., of this city, now in Italy.
He says: "In Paris I met a fellow who was in my company at Fort Myer and afterward in Canada and England with Rus Wheatley. From him I heard for the first time how Rus was killed. It seems that his machine caught on fire in the air, which is unusually enough in itself. However, Rus manager to sideslip the machine down safely, but landed on a railroad track and was run over by a train, which I think is the worst luck I have heard of in the war." (Source: The Culpeper Exponent, Culpeper, VA, Thursday morning, 12 Sept 1918, Volume 38, #22, p 11).
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