Dennis Yeats Wheatley

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Dennis Yeats Wheatley

Birthplace: London, Middlesex, England UK
Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Son of Albert David Wheatley and Florence E.H. Newton
Husband of Joan Gwendoline Wheatley
Ex-husband of Nancy Madelaine Leslie Wheatley

Managed by: Michael Lawrence Rhodes
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About Dennis Yeats Wheatley

Dennis Yates Wheatley (8 January 1897 – 10 November 1977) was an English author whose prolific output of thrillers and occult novels made him one of the world's best-selling writers from the 1930s through the 1960s. His Gregory Sallust series was one of the main inspirations for Ian Fleming's James Bond stories.

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Wheatley was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant into the Royal Field Artillery during the First World War, receiving his basic training at Biscot Camp in Luton. He was assigned to the City of London Brigade and the 36th (Ulster) Division. Wheatley was gassed in a chlorine attack during Passchendaele and was invalided out, having served in Flanders, on the Ypres Salient, and in France at Cambrai and St. Quentin. In 1919 he took over management of the family's wine business. In 1931 however, after business declined in the Great Depression, he sold the firm and began writing.

During the Second World War, Wheatley was a member of the London Controlling Section, which secretly coordinated strategic military deception and cover plans. His literary talents led to his working with planning staffs for the War Office. He wrote numerous papers for them, including suggestions for dealing with a possible Nazi invasion of Britain (recounted in his works Stranger than Fiction and The Deception Planners). The most famous of his submissions to the Joint Planning Staff of the war cabinet was on "Total War". He received a direct commission in the JP Service as a Wing Commander, RAFVR, and took part in the plans for the Normandy invasions. After the war Wheatley was awarded the U.S. Bronze Star for his role in the war effort.

Births Mar 1897

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  • First name(s) Dennis Yates
  • Last name Wheatley
  • Service number -
  • Rank Lieutenant
  • Corps Royal Field Artillery
  • Service record Rank: Lieutenant, Corps: Royal Field Artillery
  • Archive reference WO372/21
  • Archive reference description Campaign Medal Index Cards and Silver War Badge Cards
  • Country Great Britain
  • Image link
  • Record set World War One British Army medal index cards
  • Category Armed forces & conflict
  • Subcategory First World War
  • Page 105 Famous 1914-1918 Richard van Emden and Victor Piuk

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Dennis Yeats Wheatley's Timeline

January 8, 1897
London, Middlesex, England UK
November 11, 1977
Age 80