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Wilfred Henry HEAP

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Surname: HEAP

Forename(s): Wilfred Henry

Place of Birth: Haworth, Yorkshire

Service No: 72166

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)

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Division: division unknown

Age: 22

Date of Death: 1920-01-09

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Non-CWGC Burial: BARNOLDSWICK (ST. MARY-LE-GHYLL) CHURCHYARD

Local War Memorial: BARNOLDSWICK, YORKSHIRE

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Wilfred Henry Heap (born 5 June 1897) was the son of Harry and Emma Heap, née Longley. Harry was born at Haworth and Emma at Whitwood, Yorkshire.

1901 Haworth, Yorkshire Census: 1, Lot Street - Wilfred H. Heap, aged 3 years, born Haworth, son of Harry and Emma Heap.

1911 Keighley, Yorkshire Census: 21, Sladen Street - Wilfred Henry Heap, aged 13 years, born Haworth Parish, Yorkshire, son of Harry and Emma Heap.

Wilfred was married to Annie Widdup in 1918. Annie was the adopted daughter of Robert Wilcock.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Wilfred H. Heap, 12104, R. Highrs.; 72166, M.G.C. [The card states that Wilfred's medals were undisposed as of 6.3.23.]

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Wilfred Henry Heap, 12104, R. Highrs.; 72166, M.G.C.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: Pte Wilfred H. Heap, 72166, M.G.C. Date and cause of death: 9.1.20. Widow: Anne. Address: 16, Stuart Street, Barnoldswick. Pension: Refused. If refused reason: Disease contracted after discharge. 14.3.21.

A short biography of Wilfred 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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Private Wilfred Henry HEAP

Private Wilfred Henry HEAP

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)

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View Craven Herald Articles

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Craven Herald and Wensleydale Standard Logo

16 January 1920

BARNOLDSWICK – TWO DEATHS IN ONE HOUSE

The death occurred on Thursday of last week, after 16 weeks’ illness, of Mr. Robert Wilcock, 16 Stuart Street, at the age of 69 years. Deceased was a native of Bentham, but came to Barnoldswick while a young man, and was for some years engaged in farming at Coldweather House Farm, near Blacko. Latterly he followed the occupation of a weaver. He leaves a widow, three sons and an adopted daughter.

The other photograph reproduced above is that of Private Wilfred Henry Heap, son-in-law of the above, whose death occurred on the following day (Friday) as the result of wounds received in France. Though only 22 years of age he had four years’ service. He enlisted in the Black Watch soon after the outbreak of war, being subsequently transferred to the M.G.C., and was discharged from hospital a year ago, having been shot through the left lung while in France. On returning to civil life he was granted a life pension of 8s. 6d. per week, but owing to his inability to follow his former employment as a sheeting-weaver he was placed on full pension for a short time. After further medical examination the allowance was reduced to 12/6 per week. During the past six weeks, however, he became a prey to tuberculosis, to which the injury in his lung rendered him double susceptible, and which was the immediate cause of death. He leaves a wife and one child. The funeral of both the deceased took place at Gill Church on Monday afternoon, the Rev. Brinley Abbott (curate) officiating.

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