Gallipoli has been made a totemic national symbol, thanks to King George V who presided over the first Anzac Day march in London yet, in terms of numbers, more AIF soldiers were killed in action in 24hrs at Fromelles than in the whole of the Dardanelles Campaign.
Wheen served at Fromelles in July 1916 as a signaller. He earned the Military Medal there for repairing telephone lines and maintaining comms under artillery fire, and received two Bars to the Medal at Beaulencourt 1917 and at Villers-Bretonneux 1918 which makes him one of only 15 Australians who have been awarded the decoration three times.
He was commissioned as a Lieutenant in August 1918 and after having been wounded a second time (he'd been first wounded in 1917) he was returned to Australia and discharged in 1919. Like many men who have seen something of war, he hated it with a passion and would not speak of it, rarely if ever, using the post-nominal MM to which he was entitled. He became the Librarian at the Victoria and Albert Museum, a post he held from 1945 until his retirement in 1962.