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Robert HEAPS

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Surname: HEAPS

Forename(s): Robert

Place of Birth: Barnoldswick, Yorkshire

Service No: 19873

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: East Lancashire Regiment

Battalion / Unit: 6th (Service) Battalion

Division: 13th (Western) Division

Age: 28

Date of Death: 1916-04-09

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Addenda Panel

CWGC Cemetery: ---

CWGC Memorial: BASRA MEMORIAL

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: BARNOLDSWICK, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Robert Heaps was the son of John William and Margaret Ellen Heaps, née Brooks. Both parents were born at Barnoldswick, Yorkshire.

1891 Barnoldswick, Yorkshire Census: 16, Hill Street - Robert Heap, aged 3 years, born Barnoldswick, son of John W. and Margaret E. Heap.

1901 Barnoldswick, Yorkshire Census: 36, Rook Street - Robert Heap, aged 13 years, born Barnoldswick, grandson of Martha Heap.

1911 Barnoldswick, Yorkshire Census: 86, Rain Hall Road - Robert Heaps, aged 23 years, born Barnoldswick, son of J.W. and Margret Heaps.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Robert Heaps, 19873, 6th East Lancashire Regiment. Theatre of War first served in: (2b) Balkans. Date of entry therein: 2 September 1915. Killed in Action: 9 April 1916.

Robert was accepted by the CWGC as a casualty of the Great War on 17 December 2009.

A short biography of Robert is included in: ‘Barnoldswick - A small Town’s part in conflicts 1800 to 2014’ by Peter Ian Thompson (2014).

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

HEAPS, Robert, aged 28 years, E.L. Regt., killed in action in Mesopotamia, April 9, 1916.

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Private Robert HEAPS

Private Robert HEAPS

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: East Lancashire Regiment

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: East Lancashire Regiment

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 13th (Western) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 13th (Western) Division

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Surname: HEAPS

Forename(s): Robert

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 19873

Rank: Private

Regiment: East Lancashire Regiment

Unit: 6th Bn.

Age: 25

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Died Date: 09/04/1916

Additional Information: NB. This casualty has recently been accepted for commemoration by the Commission. However, it will not be possible to add his name to this Memorial immediately. Please contact the Commission before planning a visit, for more information.

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Ghyll Undenominational Burial Ground, Barnoldswick

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Ghyll Undenominational Burial Ground, Barnoldswick

Ghyll Undenominational Burial Ground, Barnoldswick

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05 May 1916

BARNOLDSWICK SOLDIER KILLED IN MESOPOTAMIA

Pte. Robert Heaps, 6th East Lancs. Regiment, has been officially reported killed in action while serving with the Indian Expeditionary Force for the relief of General Townshend’s beleaguered garrison on April 9th. The news was received on Tuesday in a letter from the Record Office at Preston.

Pte. Heaps was 28 years of age and unmarried. He enlisted in the regulars in March, 1915, and after a short training was sent to the Dardanelles, where he remained until the evacuation. Previous to joining the Army he worked as a weaver at Messrs. B. Holden’s Moss Shed. He spent his last and only furlough at his home, 86, Rainhall Road, in July last. His father, the late J. W. Heaps, died in Leeds Infirmary on April 12th.

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05 May 1916

BARNOLDSWICK SOLDIER KILLED IN MESOPOTAMIA

Private Robert Heaps, 6th East Lancashire Regiment, has been officially reported killed in action while serving with the Indian Expeditionary Force for the relief of General Townshend’s beleaguered garrison on April 9th. The news was received on Tuesday in a letter from the Record Office at Preston. Private Heaps was 28 years of age and unmarried. He enlisted in the regulars in March, 1915, and after a short training was sent to the Dardanelles, where he remained until the evacuation. Previous to joining the Army he worked as a weaver at Messrs. B. Holden’s Moss Shed. He spent his last and only furlough at his home, 86, Rainhall Road, in July last. His father, the late Mr. J. W. Heaps, died in Leeds Infirmary on April 12th.

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