Heaney, Edward (No. 30501)

Heaney, Edward


No. T4/088228, Royal Army Service Corps, transferred to

No. 30501, 11th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment

Killed in action on Thursday 5 September 1918 (aged 22)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium (Panel 5 and 6)

Helen’s Bay Presbyterian Church


In some records his surname is spelt Heany.

Edward Heaney was born on 4 September 1896 in Crawfordsburn and he was a son of Robert and Annie Heaney (nee Doris).

Robert Heaney worked as a general labourer and he and Annie had at least 13 children including:

James (born around 1886/1887)

Eliza (Lizzie, born 9 June 1888 in Ballyvernon)

Margaret (Maggie, born 8 August 1893 in Ballyvernon)

Edward (born 4 September 1896 in Crawfordsburn)

Edward Heaney enlisted in Belfast and he served with the Royal Army Service Corps (No. T4/088228).

[The Army Service Corps received the Royal prefix in 1918.]

Subsequently he was transferred to the East Lancashire Regiment and he was 22 when he was killed in action on 5 September 1918 during the Allied offensive against all sections of the German line.

In A History of Helen’s Bay Presbyterian Church compiled by Margaret A K Garner in 1958 she commented that ‘the 1914 – 1918 War years were difficult for the Helen’s Bay congregation’.

She went on to say, ‘there has been considerable difficulty in compiling a complete Roll of Honour and the list printed may contain the names of members of other churches’.

Under the heading 1914 – 1918 In Memoriam 19 names were listed:

S Brownrigg

J A Craig

G Foster

A W V Green

W Gilpin

D Goodchild

A Hollywood

J Hollywood

J Heaney

E Heaney

W Irwin

H Milligan

W Morrison

F Morrow

W Patterson

L Porter

H Sheals

J Torrance

J S Ward

It is the case that not all of those listed in the book died in the Great War.