Among the many millions people who lost their lives in service of their country during the period of World War 2, there were 15 men from the Commonwealth with the surname Heenan. Eleven of them were in the army, one in the Royal Air Force, two in the Royal Navy and one in the merchant navy.

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 2: Britain and the Empire

Thomas Heenan

Greaser serving with H.M.S. Manistee as part of Merchant Navy 

Service number 94663

Died 24 February 1941, aged 34

Commemorated: Liverpool Naval Memorial, Lancashire, England

Daniel Heenan

Corporal in Pioneer Corps.

Service number 13039183

Died 21 November, 1945, aged 40

Grave: Leeds Roman Catholic Cemetery, Yorkshire, England. Sec. J. Grave 79. Inscription reads: “In the region of peace and light”. 

Husband of Margaret (Wake) and father to three children.

Read more about Daniel here on this website.

John Heenan

Lance Corporal with Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Service number 5949371

Died 31 March, 1943, aged 38

Commemorated: Rangoon Memorial, Myanmar

Family:Son of Peter and Mary Heenan.

John Andrew Heenan

Sergeant, navigator with 70 Sqdn. Royal Air Force

Service number 158378

Died 29 Dec 1944, aged 20

Grave: Cassino War Cemetery, Italy. Ref XVII. C. 4. Inscription: “Eternal rest grant to him, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon him”

Family: Son of Daniel and Anne Heenan, of Rising Brook. Stafford.

Read John Andrew’s story here on the Heenan Footsteps website


Thomas Michael Halpin Heenan

Able seaman with H.M. Submarine Parthian, Royal Navy

Service number: C/JX 208177

Died 11 August, 1943

Commemorated: Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent

Family: Son of Thomas and Margaret E. Heenan, of Benwell, Newcastle-on-Tyne, England.

Read more about this seaman by visiting my blog article

Esbert Eric Heenan

Private with the 22nd (motor) Bn of the New Zealand Infantry

Service number 36174

Died 24 October 1942, aged 27

Grave: El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt. Ref I.E.23

Family: Son of Garth Eric Vaughan Heenan and of Rosalie Ida Grace Heenan (nee Becker), of Nukualofa, Tonga, Friendly Islands.

Read Eric’s story here

Walter Heenan

Engineman on H.M. Trawler Stella Capella, part of the Royal Naval Patrol service

Died 19 March 1942

Commemorated at Lowestoft Naval Memorial, Suffolk, England

Fred Heenan

Private in Royal Army Medical Corps

Service number 7406352

Died 15 June 1946

Commemorated at Brookwood 1939-45 Memorial, Surrey, England

Harry Gilmore Heenan

Harry Gilmore Heenan

Lieutenant with Nottinghamshire Yeomanry, Royal Armoured Corps

Service number 307741

Died Sept 25, 1944 aged 21

Grave: Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Netherlands. Ref 10.A.7 Inscription “Blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see God.”

Family: Son of Peter and Rose Mary Heenan, of Cottingham, Yorkshire.

Read his story here: Lieutenant Harry Gilmore Heenan


Harold Scott Heenan

Captain in Royal Engineers

Service number 169354

Died 22 August, 1946

Birkdale (Sacred Heart) Roman Catholic Cemetery, Lancashire. Sec. M. Grave 62. Inscription “For you, dear, peace, for us, sweet memories”

Family: Son of Samuel Robert and Jane Heenan; husband of Hilda Heenan, of Birkdale, Southport.

See his story here on the Heenan Footsteps website

John Joseph Heenan

Lance Corporal with A.C.M.F. 101 Australian Motor Regt. Australian Light Horse

Service number V22305

Died 24 September 1942 aged 34

Commemorated: Springvale War Cemetery, Melbourne. Ref 1.R.A.1

Family: Son of Maurice Joseph and Beatrice Heenan, of Casterton.

Patrick Stanley Vaughan Heenan

Captain with 16th Punjab Regiment

Service number 547/AI

Died 15 February 1944

Commemorated: Singapore Memorial

Family: Son of George Charles Heenan and of Anne Heenan, of Cheam, Surrey.

James Patrick Heenan

Lieutenant with Royal Corps of Signals

Service Number 87231

Died 14 April, 1945

Commemorated  at Durnbach War Cemetery, Bayern,Germany

Ronald Heenan

Gunner with 1 Searchlight Reg. Royal Artillery

Service number


Died 11 November 1944, aged 29

Grave: Paddock Wood (St Andrew) Old Churchyard, Brenchley, Kent, England. Row P. Grave 15. Inscription “Gone from all sorrow, free from all pain, some day we shall meet again.”

Family: Son of John Stanton Heenan and Martha Heenan; husband of Evelyn Rose Heenan, of Paddock Wood.

Arthur Clarence Heenan


Corporal with New Zealand Coastwatchers

Service number 148324

Died 15 October 1942, aged 22. Executed while a Japanese prisoner of war.

Commemorated: Bourail New Zealand Memorial, New Caledonia

Family: Son of Edward Percy and Martha Mcqueen Heenan, of Middlemarch, Otago, New Zealand

Read his story here: Arthur Clarence Heenan

Mentioned in despatches:

The London Gazette, 8 November 1945. “Posthumous mention in dispatches for exemplary conduct in coastwatching and communication duties in the Gilbert Island area in the face of the enemy, in spite of overwhelming odds and the knowledge that relief or escape was impossible, is awarded to the following: ….. Corporal Heenan, Arthur C.”