The year 1918 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the 1914-18 war. Among the 18million people who lost their lives in service of their country, there were 22 men with the surname Heenan.

The information about these men was taken from the Commonwealth War Grave Commission records which I have supplemented where possible with information from other records.

Soldiers killed in action during World War 1: Britain and the Empire

Arthur Heenan

Born in 1899 Shankill, Belfast.

Family: John and Mary Jane Heenan, of 8, Suir Street, Belfast.

Rifleman in 1st Btn Royal Irish Rifles. Army # 8966

Died in Belgium on 9 May 1915, aged 26.

Roll of honour: Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium, Panel 9

Charles Stuart Heenan

Born in Sunderland, Durham

Private in1st/6th Btn, South Staffordshire Regiment

Died in France 12 May 1917

Grave: France: Lievin Communal Cemetery Extension. Grave IV. D. 10

Edward Heenan

Born in 1881 at Goole, Yorks. Was living in Hull at time of death

Private in 12th Btn East Yorkshire. Army# 12/1406

Died in France on  13 Nov 1916

Roll of Honour: France: Thiepval Memorial Pier and Face 2 C.

Francis Heenan

Born at Ballykinlar, Co. Down, Ireland

Lance Corporal in Royal Munster Fusiliers

Died in France 21 Mar 1918

Grave: France: Saulcourt Churchyard Extension, Guyencourt-Saulcourt.
Grave C. 1/2

Francis Joseph Heenan

Born 1893 at Attercliffe, Yorks

Private in 30th Ammunition Section, Army Ordnance Corps.
Army #7812

Died in France, 3 Nov 1918, aged 25

Grave: France: Etaples Military Cemetery Location  LXXI. B. 13

Family: son of Dennis and Ellen Heenan, of Attercliffe, Sheffield.

(Family group number 1002ENG)

George Heenan

Born  1896 in Hillsboro,Co. Down

Rifleman in 13th Btn of Royal Irish Rifles

Died 26 Jun 1916 Aged 20

France: Martinsart British Cemetery. Grave ref I. A. 1.

Family: Son of the late Richard and Mary J. Heenan, of Hillsborough, Co. Down

Henry Heenan

Born: Barony, Glasgow, Lanark

Private, 2nd Btn Prince of Wales’s Leinster Regiment (Royal Canadians). Army # 9890

Died at Ypres, 11 Aug 1917

Roll of Honour: Belgium: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, 
Panel 44.

Hugh Heenan

Born in Glasgow

Private in 2nd Btn, The Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment). Army #43122

Died in France 9 Apr 1917

Roll of honour: France: Arras Memorial Bay 1 and 2.

James Heenan

Born at Winlaton, Durham

Lance Corp with Border Regiment. Army number 18422

Died in France  on 6 Aug 1916

Grave: France: Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval. XII. A. 5

John Heenan

A private with the 234th Battalion of the Machine Gun Corps. Service number 83723. He enlisted at Hexham and was initially with the  Northumberland Fusiliers as service number 2294,

He was wounded and died in France  on 30 April 1918, aged 22

Grave: Buried at Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Reference  LXVII. A. 20

John Heenan was born in Newcastle-on-tyne, Northumberland, England. His parents were Michael and Margaret Heenan, who at the time of his death were living in Ryton-on-Tyne. He had a brother Michael and a sister Mary Alice.  The Commonwealth Grave Commission record indicated he was a native of Crawcrook, Ryton-0n-Tyne. According to Wikipedia, Crawcrook is a semi-rural village close to the western border of the county of Tyne and Wear, surrounded by farmland and rich countryside. At the time of John Heenan’s death, it was a major coal mining centre with major pits such as Emma and Clara, as well as several smaller pits.

J J Heenan

Private with 2nd/5th Bn, The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Transferred to (79551) 782nd Area Employment Company Labour Corps

Army Service #6868

Died 22 Feb, 1919. Buried at St Andre Communal Cemetery, Nord, France

John Heenan

Private with 1st/4th Btn, Dorsetshire Regiment. Army #202533

Died in Iran on 18 Dec 1918

Memorial  Iran: Tehran War Cemetery. V. C. 5

Lawrence Heenan

Born:Denny, Stirlings

Private in 10th Btn, Princess Louise’s (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders).
Army # S/6222

Died at Ypres 15 Oct 1915

Roll of Honour: Belgium: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial Panel 42 and 44

Lawrence Heenan enlisted at Stirling on October 27, 1914. He gave his age as 28 years and 4 months and stated that he was born in Denny, Stirling. His occupation at the time was as a miner.

His service records show that he was disciplined for drunkeness in the billet in December 1914 and fined 7 days pay. On May 11, 1915 he was ordered on active service with the French expeditionary force.

He was one of eight children born to Lawrence and Margaret Heenan. Five of their sons served in World War 1.

Read a fuller biography of Lawrence Heenan via this link 

Martin Heenan

Born in 1884 in Tipperary,Co. Tipperary
Private in 1st Btn Irish Guards. Army #12055. 
Died in France 1 Dec 1917, aged 33
Roll of honour: France: Cambrai Memorial, Louverval. panels 2 and 3
Family: Son of the late John and Mary Heenan, of Lissadona,
Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary

Michael Cornelius Heenan

Born 1878

Captain in Prince of Wales’s Leinster Regiment (Royal Canadians); 
attd. 2nd Bn.
Wiltshire Regiment

Died at the Somme, France, 12 Jan 1916, Aged 33

Grave: France: Carnoy Military Cemetery U.6  Inscription “Alive Unto God”

Family: Son of Mark and Mary Gertrude Heenan. husband of Lorna Stephanie Heenan, of Barrowfield, Burton Bradstock, Bridport, Dorset.

Patrick Heenan

Born: Shankhill, Co. Antrim

Corporal in 8th Btn Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Died in France on 29 Apr 1916

Grave: France, Bethune Town Cemetery. III. H. 51

P Heenan

Able Seaman in Mercantile Marine

Died April 4, 1917 while serving on S.S. “Gower Coast” (Liverpool)

Commemorated at Tower Hill Memorial, London

Thomas George
Grandon Heenan

Born in Belfast, Ireland in 1892, Thomas George Grandon Heenan was the son of William Patrick Heenan, a civil servant with the Board of Trade, and his wife Kathleen Mary (nee Grandon).

He died on the Somme on March 21, 1918 while serving as a lieutenant with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers. According to army records he was 23 years old.

He is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial in France, on panels 79 and 80.

His parents were living at 42 Derwent Road, Stoneycroft, Liverpool at the time of his death.

Read the full story of Thomas George Grandon Heenan in his biography

Thomas Heenan

Private with the Canterbury Regiment of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

Died 7 August 1915

Memorial: Turkey: Chunuk Bair (New Zealand) Memorial. Ref 13

Family : Son of Thomas James and Mary Heenan, of Nevell St., Hokitika, New Zealand.

Timothy Heenan

Born in 1893 Limerick

Shoeing Smith Corporal with the South Irish Horse. Army # 73173

Died at sea 10 Oct 1918 as a result of a torpedo attack on RMS Leinster by a German submarine.  More than 500 passengers were killed in the attack – largest ever loss of life in the Irish Sea and the highest ever casualty rate on an Irish-owned ship. 

He was aged 25 at the time

Memorial: Hollybrook Memorial Southampton, UK

Family : Son of Patrick and Sarah Heenan, of Clareen, King’s Co. Ireland

William Duncan Heenan

Born 1898

Private 1st Btn, Otago Regiment New Zealand E.F

Service number WW1 49244

Died in Belgium, 21 January 1918, Aged 20

Grave:Belgium: Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood. XX111. A.9

Family: Son of Denis James and Edith Heenan, of Owatata, Nightcaps, Southland, New Zealand. Native of Tapanui, Otago, New Zealand. William Duncan was born on24 Jan 1897 at Tapanui, New Zealand