Heron, James (No. 7153)

Heron, James


No. 7153, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on Wednesday 16 June 1915 (aged 25)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium (Panel 40)

Newtownards and District War Memorial


In some records his surname is spelt Herron.

James Heron was born on 24 March 1890 in West Street, Newtownards and he was a son of William John and Mary Heron (nee Quin, sometimes Quinn) who were married on 5 September 1879.

The Heron family lived in Whitespots and at 24 West Street, Newtownards.

William John Heron worked as a labourer and then as a carter and he and Mary had at least five children:

Samuel (born 5 October 1880 in Whitespots, Newtownards)

William (Willie, born 8 November 1881 in Whitespots, Newtownards)

Matilda (Nellie, born 17 August 1883 in West Street, Newtownards)

Thomas (born 20 August 1887 in West Street, Newtownards)

James (born 24 March 1890 in West Street, Newtownards)

Mary Heron died of pneumonia on 11 January 1905 (aged 46) and in 1911 William John was boarding at 41 Frederick Street, Newtownards with the Adair family.

James Heron enlisted in Newtownards and he served with the 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Rifles.

Rifleman James Heron was 25 when he was killed in action on 16 June 1915 during an attack on Bellewaarde Spur and he has no known grave.

Rifleman James Heron is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium and on Newtownards and District War Memorial.