This post is part of the Anglo-Indian Project Holiday Season series 2017
In September 1937, 19-year-old Stanley Wheeler arrived in Bombay, India. He would return to England with a very different life in front him. His actions would also trigger the Anglo-Indian Project 77 years later.
Serving in the British Army, Royal Artillery, Stanley spent eight years in India throughout World War II. During this time, he met Elaine Cynthia Hassett. The two were married in June 1943 at St Mary’s Church, Parel, Bombay. In December the following year their first child was born, David William Wheeler.
Stanley returned to England in December 1945 with a new family, which continued to grow: four more children, Douglas, Cynthia, Diane and Vivien; thirteen grandchildren and sixteen (and counting) great grandchildren.
Grandad Stan was a generous family man. He passed away in January, 2004, but his life and legacy is important to understanding the development of recent generations. This year marks the 100th since his birth in 1917.