No. 15756, 5th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers
Died of disease on Friday 15 November 1918 (aged 39)
Terlincthun British Cemetery, France (Grave XI. A. 28)
In some records his surname is spelt Hayburn.
Samuel Heyburn was born on 17 May 1879 in Groomsport and he was a son of Samuel and Maria Heyburn (nee Johnston) who were married in Groomsport Presbyterian Church on 16 November 1866.
The Heyburn family lived at The Hill, Groomsport.
Samuel Heyburn worked as a fisherman and he and Maria had at least six children:
Robert (born 22 December 1866 at Ballymacormick; died 2 December 1898 aged 32)
Samuel (born 7 June 1869 in Groomsport; died 24 June 1876 aged 7)
Ellen (born 3 March 1872 in Groomsport)
Hugh (born 25 February 1874)
Margaret (Maggie, born 2 July 1876 at Ballymacormick)
Samuel (born 17 May 1879 at Ballymacormick)
Robert, Hugh and Samuel were baptised in Groomsport Presbyterian Church.
Their mother, Maria Heyburn, died of tuberculosis on 23 August 1879 (aged 35).
Their father, Samuel Heyburn, died on 2 September 1912 (aged 58) and was buried the following day in Bangor Cemetery, Newtownards Road, Bangor.
Samuel Heyburn enlisted in Lisburn and served with the 5th Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers, initially in 31st Brigade of the 10th (Irish) Division and after 24 August 1918 in 48th Brigade of the 16th (Irish) Division.
Private Samuel Heyburn was 39 when he died of influenza at Hardelot on 15 November 1918 and was buried in Terlincthun British Cemetery, France. There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:
GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS
THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS