Records show 14 men with the Heenan surname enlisted in Canada and served as part of the Canadian Expeditionary Force during World War 1.

The information about each soldier listed below is located in their Attestation papers or Military Service Act Enlistment form. There is a significant amount of detail available in those documents but the abbreviations used by the military administrators make them difficult to interpret. I’ll add information as I manage to decipher it and also connect them to their families.

Canada Responds to World War 1

Canada was involved in the war at a very early stage. Shortly after the British declaration of war in August 1914, the country offered an initial contingent of 25,000 for service overseas. This was formed into the 1st Canadian division in January 1915 and by the following month was on active duty in France.

A second contingent was formed in the autumn of 1914. In September 1915, the Canadian Corps was formed, incorporating the 1st and 2nd Canadian Divisions, and the Canadian Cavalry Brigade. Further contingents and reinforcement drafts continued to be sent overseas. A

At the time of the Armistice in November 1918, the Canadian Corps had expanded to include four infantry divisions and corps units. Other Canadian units, including some artillery batteries, engineering companies, and railway and forestry troops, served directly under British command in France and Belgium. Still other units, responsible for administrative support, training, forestry and medical care, served in England.

The Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF), as the army raised during the First World War was designated, grew in the course of the conflict to 619,636, of whom 424,589 served in Europe.

Heenan Soldiers

James Havelock
2 Sep 1888 in Roland,
Canadian Army
Veterinary Corps
(served in France as temporary captain)
James Anthony Heenan 16 Feb 1884 in Lucan West Indies, Ontario13 M.D First Depot
Thomas H Heenan 29 Jun 1894 in
Lindsay, Ontario
Gunner, 9th Royal
Field Artillery
Timothy Francis
27 May 1896 in VictoriaPrivate, 1st Depot
Battalion, East Ont Regt
Nicholas Heenan 21 May 1877 in
Louth, Ireland
Private, 104 and
131 Regiment
John Albert
29 Sept 1891 in Halifax,
Nova Scotia
Private, 115th
William Joseph Heenan29 March 1895 in
Coburg, Ontario
Shoeing S; 26 Bn
7th Brigade
(served in France, discharged 30 Oct 1916 as result of injuries)
Wesley Heenan1 Dec 1884 in Roland,
Sapper , Man Regt
1st Depot Battalion
Michael Heenan17 June 1878 in
Petersboro, Ontario
Sapper, Canadian Engineers
Frederick Heenan7 Oct 1892 in
Fredericton Junction
44th Bn Can Inf
Vincent Heenan19 Aug 1894 in
Peterboro, Ontario
1st Depot Bn
George Robert
15 Aug 1889 in
Hyderabad, India
Private, 3rd CASC
This soldier is connected to the family of Hammersley Heenans, family group 127
William Joseph Heenan2 Aug 1885, MontrealSapper, Canadian Engineers
David John Heenan4 Oct 1879 in
Loughamland, Ireland
Private, 3rd Field Engineers


World War 1: Heenan Soldiers From Canada — 2 Comments

  1. Just found your site. I am the granddaughter of Nicholas Heenan, listed above, and the great-niece of Peter Heenan who was an MP and MPP in Canada. I am tracing our family in the Kilcoo area of County Down. I can get back to Nicholas and Peter’s grandfather, but then hit a brick wall.

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