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Saturday 30 October 1915 – Arthur Wheatley, jockey, sails to South Africa

Category World War I: The Home Front
The Evesham Journal
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Arthur Wheatley, son of Mr Horace Wheatley, of Badsey, who has been apprenticed to Mr De Mestre, the trainer, sailed for South Africa on October 23 to fulfil an engagement.


Etienne George de Mestre was one of the most successful trainers of racehorses in Great Britain, His father was the most successful Australian trainer and his son travelled to England and South Africa from Australia.

Arthur, was a very small man and his father decided he should become an apprentice jockey. He became an excellent flat-racing jockey and at one meeting rode all six winners in one day.  Other members of the Wheatley family also became apprentice Jockeys.