The Great War

Remembered with honour   

William Heath
        



1879-1917 

   
BIRTH & FAMILY
Born:  Bishop Monkton (1879)
Parents: Son of John Heath and Clara (nee Hodges)
Siblings: Joseph Heath (1890), Edith Heath (1893)
Home: Main Street, Bishop Monkton   
Surviving family member: Edna Steele 

MILITARY SERVICE
Unit: The 2nd Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment
Rank: Private (Corporal unconfirmed)
Service: Fought in the Battles of Aubers (1915); Neuve Chapelle (1915) Bois Grenier, part of the Battle of Loos (1915) Albert, part of the Battle of the Somme (1916)
Awards: 1914-15 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal    

DEATH
Date: 24 February 1917
Casualty: Killed in acton 
Commemorated: At Thiepval Memorial (body not recovered)  

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'STANDING UP TO OUR KNEES IN LIQUID MUD'

 
 

An extract from the war records about John Heath who was killed in action on 24 February 1917:


 


'On 21st the battalion moved in 22 motor lorries to the Crucifix near Maurepas, thence by march through Craniar to the front line.

The front line was still in a horrible condition: Mud terrible, most posts up to the knees in liquid mud... The two communication trenches to [the] front line were impassable for mud.

“Trench feet” caused a great deal of discomfort during this tour, and when on 25th the battalion was relieved, no less than 45 cases had been reported’.

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‘YOU HAVE HELPED SAVE OUR GREAT EMPIRE’  



 

Another member of the Heath family to take part in the Great War was William’s cousin,
Charles Heath who survived the war.

During his war service he also won three medals (pictured here) and before he returned to civilian life in 1919 received a personal letter of thanks from Brigadier General Cecil Potter, Commanding Officer of the 9th Infantry Brigade.

In his letter, the Brigadier General wrote: ‘You take away with you the priceless knowledge that you have played a man’s part in this great war for freedom and fair play. You take away with you also your remembrances of your comrades, your pride in the Regiment and your love of your country.

‘You have played the game; go on playing it, and all will be well with the great Empire
which you have helped to save.’
  

  

Thiepval Memorial where William Heath is commemorated. 
 


               At the going down of the sun 
      And in the morning 
     We will remember them

 

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TOMORROW we will honour the memory of  John Richardson, another son of Bishop Monkton.
He was killed in action on 27 September 1917. His body was never recovered.