Fifteen men with the surname of Heenan lost their lives during World War 2. They came from Ireland and England, from Australia and New Zealand and they died in many different theatres of war. Some were lost at sea, others in the air. One was executed as a traitor.
A list of their names can be found here on the website.
For the past few months I’ve been trying to discover who these men were. It’s a difficult task because, for privacy reasons, service records are not publicly available.
But slowly some of their histories are coming together so that these men are no longer simply names and numbers but people.
The most recent biographies are for Thomas Heenan, a young seaman on a convoy ship that was torpedoed in the Atlantic and John Andrew Heenan, a navigator on a Wellington who died while flying a supply mission from Italy to Yugoslavia.
Other servicemen whose histories I have researched and written about previously are:
- Esbert Eric Heenan, a 27 year old plantation farmer from the Tonga Islands who died in Egypt
- Harry Gilmore Heenan who died as a result of a tragic accident in the Netherlands
- Harold Scott Heenan, who served his country in both world wars
- Arthur Clarence Heenan, executed while a Japanese prisoner of war
- Thomas Michael Halpin Heenan , missing while serving on a submarine in the Adriatic
If you can help by providing additional information about any of these servicemen, do let me know.