The information about Heenans wounded or killed during the Boer Wars comes from a combination of sources including the Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects, 1901-1929 and Soldiers' Documents of South African War in the UK's National Archives.

I'm hoping to be able to re-unite these individuals with their families so will add information as it comes to light.

Private L Heenan

Served with the New Zealand Mounted Infantry. Injured and taken prisoner of war on 31 March 1900 at Koornspruit (the official casualty roll gives a location of  Sanna’s Post).  Released on 6 June 1900 at Waterval.

Private Claude Rigby Heenan


Served with 34 (Middlesex) Company, Imperial Yeomanry

Slightly wounded near Fouriesburg 20 Feb 1901 

He went on to serve in World War 1, being awarded a Distinguished Service Order in 1918.

View further information here 

Private  P Heenan

1st Battalion, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise’s). No further information available. 

Private Robert Heenan

Died on  7 May 1901 at Bloemfontein while serving with the 2nd Battalion, The King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment. Cause of death given as ‘entric’

Memorial:Priory & Parish Church St Mary’s. Regimental Chapel north wall, Lancaster, Lancashire, England

Until his death he worked as a labourer.

His mother’s name was Jane. He appears to have had two brothers named John and Jas, and three sisters, Emily, Georgina and Elvy(?)

Private D Heenan

From Queensland. Part of 5th Contingent from Australia

Private George Lewis Heenan

A farmer, he was part of New Zealand’s First Contingent No 2 Company. He sailed from Wellington on the SS Waiwera on 21 October 1899. His father was  Michael Heenan of Riversdale, Southland, New Zealand

Private James Patrick Heenan

He sailed on the SS Monowai from Lyttelton, New Zealand on 24 March 1900 with the Fourth (Rough Riders) Contingent, No 9 Company.  

Returned to New Zealand on SS Tagus July 1901 and died 08 August 1901 at Dunedin Hospital. The cause of death was given as ‘Abcess on liver’. He was buried in Dunedin

Until his death he worked as a clerk and lived at  Cumberland Street, Dunedin, NZ

He is a member of family group 131

Private H Heenan

Served with the Gordon Highlanders he died at Glasgow, Scotland on 

19 Apr 1901. Born at Govan, Scotland he worked as a labourer until joining the army. He appears to have had two brothers Bernard and Patrick and a sister Bridget. Next of kin information does not indicate parents still alive. 

Captain M C Heenan

Born in India, he served with the Leinster Regiment. He was promoted to Lieutenant while at Bloemfontein in 1904. He continued as an army officer through until World War 1 when he was killed on the Somme in 1916. 

His story can be found here