Heininger, Rudolph Otto Waldemar (Waldemar)
No. 737, 11th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles
Killed in action on Saturday 1 July 1916 (aged 20)
No known grave
Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Face 15 A and 15 B)
Holywood and District War Memorial
Holywood Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Philip & St James)
Rudolph Otto Waldemar Heininger was born on 30 December 1895 in High Street, Holywood and he was a son of Otto Oscar Alfred Rudolf Heininger and Annabella Heininger (nee Smith, sometimes Smyth) who were married on 1 August 1883 in St Paul’s Church of Ireland Church Belfast. Rudolph Heininger aged 26 from 5 Henry Street, Belfast was a son of Frederick Heininger, a joiner. Annabella Smyth aged 22 from 5 Henry Street, Belfast was a daughter of James Smyth, a seaman.
The Heininger family lived at Byronville, Holywood.
Rudolf Heininger worked as a lithographic printer and he and Annabella had eight children:
Juanita Valentia Jane (born 22 September 1884 at 5 Henry Street, Belfast)
Winifred Bertha Fannie (born 1 June 1886 at 5 Henry Street, Belfast)
Esmeralda Henrietta Laura (born 18 October 1888 at 5 Henry Street, Belfast)
Elfrida (born around 1890/1891 in Melbourne, Australia)
James Frederick Leopold (born 2 January 1893 at 214 Woodstock Road, Belfast)
Everil Isola Elizabeth (born 8 October 1894 in High Street, Holywood)
Rudolph Otto Waldemar (born 30 December 1895 in High Street, Holywood)
Eileen Genevieve Octavia (born 12 April 1899 in Shore Street, Holywood; married James Johnston Murray on 19 January 1920 in St John’s Presbyterian Church, Knockbreda, Belfast)
After Otto Oscar Alfred Rudolph Heininger died of tuberculosis on 21 August 1899 (aged 42), Annabella Heininger worked as a laundress.
During the Great War, Waldemar Heininger served with the 11th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division and he was 20 when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
Rifleman Waldemar Heininger has no known grave and he is commemorated on Holywood and District War Memorial and on the Memorial Plaque in Holywood Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Philip & St James).