2018 marked 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 21 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

Ploegsteert Memorial in Belgium


Born in 1899 Shankill, Belfast to  John Heenan, a carpenter, and Mary Jane Patton, of Suir Street, Belfast.

Rifleman with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles. Army # 8966

He was presumed missing/killed in action in Belgium on 9 May 1915, aged 26.

His death is commemorated on the  Ploegsteert Memorial in Belgium on Panel 9

Read his story here on the Heenan Footprints website

Charles Stuart Heenan

Lievin Communal Cemetery, France


Charles Stuart Heenan was a Private in the 1st/6th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment

He died in France on 12 May 1917

He is buried at the Lievin Communal Cemetery Extension which includes the graves of 300 casualties from the 1st and 2nd world wars. His grave is located at plot IV. D. 10. It appears from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission records that he was first buried at Angres Churchyard, one of 26 soldiers from the United Kingdom, nine men of the Canadian Garrison Artillery and five German prisoners were buried in April-September 1917.

Read his full story and discover his family here on the Heenan Footprints site.

Edward Heenan

Thiepval Memorial


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.

The story of Edward Heenan’s time as a soldier is documented on the Heenan Footprints website here

Francis Heenan

Saulcourt Churchyard, France


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

Read his story here on the Heenan Footprints website

Francis Joseph Heenan

Etaples Military Cemetery, France


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.

His biography can be read on the Heenan Footsteps website via this link. 

George Heenan

Rifleman Thomas George Heenan.

Rifleman Thomas George Heenan. Photo courtesy of his family


George (born Thomas George) Heenan was born in Hillsborough, County Down, Ireland, in 1896, to Richard and Mary J Heenan.

13th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles in 1915, embarking for the French front in October that year.

He died on the Somme on 26 Jun 1916 at the age of 20.

He is buried in the Martinsart British Cemetery, France. Grave ref I. A. 1.

Read his full story and the history of the pub run by his family here on the Heenan Footprints website

Henry Heenan

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial


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.

Read more about Henry Heenan’s war on the Heenan Footsteps website via this link 

Hugh Heenan

Arras Memorial

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.

Read Hugh Heenan’s story here on the Heenan Footprints website

James Heenan

Delville Wood Cemetery, France

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

Read James Heenan’s story here on the Heenan Footprints website

John Heenan

Etaples Military Cemetery, France


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 Graves Commission record indicates he was a native of Crawcrook, Ryton-0n-Tyne.

His story is located here on the Heenan Footsteps website

John Joseph Heenan

St Andre Communal Cemetery, France

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

His story can be found here on the Heenan Footprints website

John Heenan

Tehran War Cemetery


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

Died in Iran on 18 Dec 1918

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

Read John Heenan’s story here on the Heenan Footprint website

Lawrence Heenan

Ypres (Menin Gate) memorial

Born in Denny, Stirlingshire, Scotland, Lawrence Heenan served as a private in the 10th Battalion, Princess Louise’s (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders). He died at Ypres on 15 Oct 1915 and is commemorated on the  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 the story of Lawrence Heenan via this link 

Martin Heenan

Cambrai Memoria, France

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

Martin Heenan’s story can be found here on the Heenan Footsteps website

Michael Cornelius Heenan

Carnoy Military Cemetery, France

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.

His full story can be found on the Heenan Footsteps website here

Patrick Heenan

Bethune Town Cemetery, France

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

Read Patrick Heenan’s story here on the Heenan Footprints website

P Heenan

Tower Hill Memorial, London

Able Seaman in Mercantile Marine

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

Commemorated at Tower Hill Memorial, London

Read about my attempts to trace this man here on the Heenan Footprints website

Thomas George
Grandon Heenan

Pozieres Memorial , France


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 here on the Heenan Footsteps website

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.

Thomas Heenan’s story can be read in full here on the Heenan Footsteps website

Timothy Heenan

Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton, UK


Born in 1892 in Kings County (now County Offaly) in Ireland, to Patrick and Sarah Heenan, Timothy Heenan was a Shoeing Smith Corporal with the South Irish Horse. His Army number was 73173

He 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 – the 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. His body was never recovered.

He is commemorated on the Hollybrook Memorial in Southampton, UK

Read Timothy Heenan’s story here on the Heenan Footsteps website

William Duncan Heenan

Buttes New British Cemetery, Belgium

Born in 1897 to Denis James and  Ellen Heenan who lived in Owatata, Nightcaps, Southland, New Zealand, William Duncan Heenan was a private with the 1st Battalion of the Otago Regiment, part of the  New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

He died in Belgium, 21 January 1918, at the age of 20.

He is buried in Belgium in the Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood, at plot number XX111. A.9

Read his full story here on the Heenan Footsteps website.