Wheatley was discharged as permanently unfit and so was fully available for employment under Scheme 2, to paint Naval subjects. During the summer of 1918 he was put on board two ships, HMS New Zealand and HMS Princess Royal, but swiftly sent from both; the Fleet apparently did not like having an artist, particularly a civilian, on board. Subsequently Wheatley was sent to Southampton to record the activities of the Salvage service. Although not officially commissioned to paint portraits, Wheatley, like many artists, found himself being asked to do them by his colleagues in the service.
Wheatley was subsequently commissioned to paint portraits of Crichton VC (IWM:ART 1923) and Holbrook VC (IWM:ART 3140).
Individual works have not been indexed other than the above-named, as they are not specifically referred to.