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Surname: HEELEY

Forename(s): Arnold

Place of Birth: Wadsley Bridge, Yorkshire

Service No: 3426

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Coldstream Guards

Battalion / Unit: 3rd Battalion

Division: 2nd Division

Age: ---

Date of Death: 1914-10-23

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Addenda Panel 60.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---


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Arnold Heeley was the son of Abraham and Annie Heeley, née Horbury. Abraham was born at Kirkburton and Annie at Eastmoor, Wakefield, Yorkshire. Arnold's sister, Gertrude, married the future Private Amos Wagstaffe (29802) (q.v.) in 1903 and another sister, Nellie, married Private James Henry Lund (267036) (q.v.) in 1915.

1891 Sheffield, Yorkshire Census: 120, Forncett Street - Arnold Heeley, aged 8 years, born Wadsley Bridge, Yorkshire, son of Abraham and Annie Heeley.

1911 Sutton-in-Craven, Yorkshire Census: 16, Eastfield Place, Sutton Mill - Arnold Heeley, aged 28 years, born Sheffield, Yorkshire, son of Abraham and Annie Heeley. Soldier.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Arnold Heeley, 3426, Cold. Gds. Qualifying date [for 1914 Star]: 11.9.14. D. of W. 23.10.14.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Arnold Heeley, 3426, C. Gds.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Arnold Heeley, 3426, 3rd Bn Coldstream Guards. Date and Place of Death: 23.10.14. St Julien. Place of Birth, Date of Enlistment, Trade on Enlistment: Wadsley Bridge, Sheffield. 10.3.00. General Labourer. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Father - Abraham. £10 1s. 7d.

Arnold was accepted as a war casualty by the CWGC in 2010.

Data Source: Local War Memorial


Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

HEALEY, Arnold, Coldstream Guards, Sutton Mill, killed in action, St. Julien, Nov. 1914.


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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Coldstream Guards

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Coldstream Guards

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 2nd Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 2nd Division

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Surname: HEELEY

Forename(s): Arnold

Born: Wadsley Bridge, Yorks

Residence: Sutton Mill, Nr. Keighley

Enlisted: Sheffield

Number: 3426

Rank: Private

Regiment: Coldstream Guards



Died Date: 23/10/14

Died How: Died of wounds

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Surname: HEELEY

Forename(s): Arnold

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 3426

Rank: Private

Regiment: Coldstream Guards


Age: 31


Died Date: 23/10/1914

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DE RUVIGNY'S ROLL OF HONOUR 1914-1918 – Part One

HEELEY, ARNOLD, Private, No. 3426, 3rd Battn. Coldstream Guards, s. of Abraham Heeley, of 20, Eastfield Place, Sutton Mill, near Keighley, Yorks; b. co. York; enlisted 10 March, 1900; served in South Africa, 15 April 1902, to 4 Oct. 1902 (Queen’s medal with two clasps, ‘Cape Colony,’ ‘South Africa, 1902’), and in Egypt, 16 Jan. 1908 to 23 March 1911; obtained his discharge, 9 March, 1912; re-enlisted following the outbreak of the European War, 22 Aug. 1914; went to France, 11 Sept., and died 23 Oct. following, of wounds received in action at St. Julien, unm. Buried in St. Julien Churchyard.

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13 October 1916


Writing in the Parish Magazine on the war, the Vicar of Sutton (Rev. A.R. Light) gives a list of men from the Parish of Sutton, who have fallen in defence of their country as follows:–Arnold Healey, Walter Haggas, Lyall Taylor, Edmund Wilkinson, Norman Riley, Nelson W. Petty, Richard Whitehall, Albert Wm. Tune, Frederick W. Thompson, Henry Taylor, Joseph G. Bancroft, Cedric Fawcett Horsfall.
Mr. Light also says: “I have not in the Magazine mentioned by name those from this place who have given their lives for their country, not because I have forgotten such promising young men as Henry Taylor, and others whose names hang in the Church porch, and, indeed, as I write this, I fear lest it may even be dimly thought that one may seem to be valued more than another. All who are fighting are equally dear to God, and it is also true to say that both rich and poor are giving their best, offering on an altar watered with tears those whose lives are so much to them. All those boys who formed our first patrol of Scouts have almost gone to the front, and only last week we heard of Reginald Ellison being wounded, but we hope his life will yet be spared.

To every mother whose heart aches with anxiety or for actual loss, I offer most true sympathy, whether such are connected with us in the worship of Sutton Church or not, and one cannot help feeling in such times as these that religious differences are not, and cannot be again, as great and as dividing as they have seemed in the past, and that all are one family of God. May each one of these, who will never enter into our lives here again, rest in peace.”

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20 November 1914


News has been received during the week by Mr. and Mrs. Healey, of Eastfield Place, that their son, Arnold Healey, had died through wounds received in action. The deceased, who was in his 33rd year, had served twelve years in the Coldstream Guards, and returned home two years ago, having finished his term with the Army. At the outbreak of war he rejoined his old regiment and was accepted. Prior to rejoining his old regiment he was caretaker at the Sutton Council School.

31 December 1915


Pte. Arnold Healey, of Sutton Mill, Coldstream Guards, killed November, 1914, at St. Julien. He rejoined his regiment after having served 14 years.

10 November 1916


On Sunday morning a memorial service to those who had fallen during the war from Sutton parish was held in St. Thomas’s Church, conducted by Rev. A.R. Light (vicar). About 60 members of the local Volunteer Corps were present, having met in the Friendly Societies’ Hall yard, under the leadership of Commander Clough. Special lessons were read and special psalms were sung. ‘O rest in the Lord’ was given on the organ by Mr. A.E. Foulds. The Vicar asked the congregation to offer prayers for the souls of those who had fallen. The following names were read out:– Privates Arnold Healey, F.W. Thompson, Walter Haggas, J.G. Bancroft, Evelyn Fisher, Tom Summerskill, Norman Riley, Henry Taylor, Lyall Taylor, R. Whitehall, E. Wilkinson, A.W. Tune, Lieut. Nelson Petty, and Capt. C.F. Horsfall.

The text from which the very sympathetic discourse was preached was 2nd Samuel, 1., 26, David’s lamentation over the death of his friend Jonathan. At the close of the very impressive service Chopin’s ‘Funeral March’ was given on the organ. At the close of the evening service, which was again conducted by the Vicar, the ‘Dead March’ in ‘Saul’ was played, and the National Anthem sung.

03 August 1917


DEDICATION OF ROLL OF HONOUR – A special service, reverent and very beautiful throughout, the dedication of the roll of honour, was conducted in St. Thomas’s Church on Sunday evening last by the vicar, Rev. A. R. Light. The roll of honour is a triptych, the top panel, a beautiful inlet picture representing ‘The Great Sacrifice.’ It contains the names of the fallen heroes, viz., Arnold Healey, F.W. Thompson, Norman Riley, Lyall Taylor, J.G. Bancroft, E. Wilkinson, Nelson Petty, W. Haggas, G. Sanderson, R. Whitehall, W. Hargreaves, T. Summerskill, A.W. Tune, C.F. Horsfall, Lewis Binns,Albert Binns, E. Fisher, and W. Blake Spencer. The left panel represents ‘The White Comrade,’ and the right ‘The watch on many waters,’ in very artistic colours. The large centre space contains the names of all who were residents in the Sutton parish and are still serving their King and country. The sermon was from the text, “Through God we shall do valiantly.” The large congregation left the church to the strains of the French National Anthem.

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