WHEELER, Geoffrey Edmund J.

1929 - 1995

Geoffrey Wheeler

Born at Penn, Buckinghamshire on 12 August 1929, son of Oliver Charles Wheeler (1893-1973), a carpenter & joiner, and his wife Gladys née Miles, who married at High Wycombe in 1926 and in 1939 were living at 'Cherry Trees', Haylands Road, Amersham, Buckinghamshire. Geoffrey joined the Great Western Railways in their Paddington drawing office in 1945 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 publications studio, in 1961 he became a freelance artist and was famous for his cutaway drawings for 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. He married at Wycombe, Buckinghamshire in 1950, Enid Ward [Wheeler q.v.] 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. He died in Bury St Edmund's Hospital in 1995 and the following year Bressingham Steam Museum held a memorial show which included his cartoons under the name of 'Crispin'.




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