Arthur Samuel Sheldon

  • Arthur Sheldon (standing, left) and pupils at the school in 1893: the Headmaster, Rees Leyshon, is seated, right. (Wheatley Village Archive)

Born Arthur Samuel Sheldon in Wheatley in 1876, eldest child of Samuel Sheldon, born at Shotover Grove, and Charlotte nee Randle. They lived on Church Road in 1901. Arthur attended Wheatley Elementary school and was awarded the Diocesan Inspector's Prize for Standard VI in 1887. He left school in 1889, but it is noted that ‘an ex-Standard VII boy has been engaged as Monitor' and he was listed as Monitor in the Inspector's May 1890 report. In September 1891 he was a Pupil Teacher of the first year at the school. Musician (church organist) in 1911. He was a Rate Collector, and a Special Constable in 1914. The Oxford Times of 26 May 1917 reported his appeal against conscription. He was serving as a Second Lieutenant in 1917. He lived in Applecroft Cottage, close to St Mary's Church. The reredos in the church was erected ‘In memory of Arthur Sheldon, died 18 October 1947, for 17 years organist of this church'. He was buried at the church at the age of 71. His wife Constance Emily Sheldon nee Tash survived him until 1976. See also references to him in the Wheatley Tribunal and Wheatley in a World at War chapter.

He lived at 90 Church Road.

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