Heaney, Robert (No. 20/330)

Heaney, Robert

Rifleman

No. 20/330, Royal Irish Rifles transferred to

London Regiment (London Irish Rifles)

Killed in action on Friday 6 September 1918 (aged 18)

Buried:

Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension, France (Grave V. H. 1)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Newtownards and District War Memorial

Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Mark’s)

BIOGRAPHY

There is some variation between the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Debt of Honour Website records and the Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 – 1919 database records concerning Robert Heaney’s service details.

According to the Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 – 1919 database, Robert Heaney enlisted in Londonderry and served with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (No. 29464) before being posted to the 1st/18th London Regiment (London Irish Rifles).

Robert Heaney was born on 20 July 1900 in Isle of Man Street, Limavady, Co Londonderry and he was a son of Matilda Heaney (aged 17), a linen weaver in a factory.  Robert and Matilda lived with Matilda’s parents, Joseph and Margaret Ann Heaney (nee Anderson), in Isle of Man Street, Limavady.  Joseph Heaney and Margaret Ann Anderson were married on 1 August 1876 in Drumachose Parish Church of Ireland Church (Christ Church) Limavady.

Joseph Heaney worked as a barber and he and Margaret Ann had six children including Matilda (born 2 April 1883 in Market Street, Limavady).

Matilda Heaney, Robert’s mother, married Peter Rogers on 1 June 1905 in Drumachose Parish Church of Ireland Church (Christ Church) and they had at least five children:

Thomas (born 9 March 1906 in Isle of Man Street, Limavady)

Joseph Irwin Heaney (born 26 October 1908 in Isle of Man Street, Limavady)

William James (born 12 December 1909 in Isle of Man Street, Limavady)

Matilda Maud Irwin (born 15 September 1912 in Isle of Man Street, Limavady)

Sydney Fraser (born 17 March 1915 in Isle of Man Street, Limavady)

Robert Heaney and Martha Crawford were married on 18 March 1918 in Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Mark’s) and they lived at 77 Mark Street, Newtownards.  Martha Crawford was a daughter of Edward Crawford, a labourer

Wounded in the arm on a previous occasion, Rifleman Robert Heaney was killed in action on 6 September 1918, less than six months after he was married.  Robert’s widow subsequently remarried and, as Martha Rush, she lived at 7 Stanley Cottages, Elm Road, Hook in Surrey.

Rifleman Robert Heaney was 18 when he died and he was buried in Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension, France.

Rifleman Robert Heaney is commemorated on Newtownards and District War Memorial and in Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Mark’s).