In the build up to November 11, 2018 which marks the centenary of the end of the conflict, the Royal British Legion is trying to ensure every individual who lost their life in service of their country will be remembered. They have asked people to ‘adopt’ a soldier on the Every One Remembered website and leave a short message to commemorate their life.a
Sadly more than 660,000 people are yet to be remembered little is known of hundreds of thousands of them are known only by the barest of details: their name, rank, date of their death and location of their memorial.
As I explained in my first post on this topic I’ve been researching the 22 Heenan soldiers who died during World War 1, trying to discover more about them, their families and the circumstances in which they died.
i’ve now completed my research on another solider. Bugler Thomas Heenan, from New Zealand. He was 24 years old and had served in the army for less than a year when he was killed during the Gallipoli campaign. You can read his biography here
So far I’ve completed biographies for three soldiers. The other two are:
- Private Lawrence Heenan from Denny in Scotland who died when the trench in which he was stationed was blown up by German forces. Read his story here
- Lieutenant Thomas George Grandon Heenan who was killed during the Second Somme Offensive. His biography is here
These three men are all now remembered on the British Legion website.
I’ve now started to research my fourth soldier: Francis Joseph Heenan who died only eight days before the Armistice. His family came from Sheffield in Yorkshire.
I’ll be adding the information I discover to the World War 1 section of the website.