Little is known about some of these soldiers. The Commonwealth Graves Commission lists only their name (often just an initial), rank, serial number, regiment and location of their memorial.
As part of an initiative by the Royal British Legion genealogists around the world are trying to ensure these soldiers are remembered and wherever possible re-unite them with their families.
I've adopted three Heenan soldiers so far:
Private Lawrence Heenan: killed in Belgium October 2015. His family came from Denny in Scotland
Lieutenant Thomas George Grandon Heenan: died on the Somme on March 21, 1918 while serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers.
Private Thomas T Heenan: served with the Canterbury Regiment of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. He died in Turkey in August 1915.
I chose these three men because they do not have a grave, they are names on a memorial shared with thousands of other people, and I thought they deserved more.
Research is completed on Lawrence Heenan and his biography is now available via this link to the military records section of the Heenan Footprints website. He is also commemorated on the British Legion website - via this link
I would have liked to have found a photograph of this soldier but so far haven't been able to do so. I do know however that he still has family living in the Denny area of Falkirk, Scotland
Research is almost complete on Lieutenant Thomas Heenan whose family I have been able to track back to Ireland. His biography is available in the military records section of the Heenan Footprints website via this link. I will add him to the British Legion site within the next few days.
Research on Private Thomas Heenan has not yet started. All I know about him is that he was the son of Thomas James and Mary Heenan of Hokitika, New Zealand. A photograph I have been able to find of him indicates he was a bugler.
Ideally I would like to get biographical and family information for all my soldiers. It may be challenging with some of the men however because of the paucity of information about them. But they gave their lives so the least I can do is give my time to find them.