Frank Heapy, Private 99378, 1st/5th Bn. The King’s (Liverpool Regiment)
Died of wounds 14th May 1918 at Etaples, France, aged 26
Husband of Annie Heapy, of 4 Court, 2 House, King Edward St, Macclesfield, Cheshire.
Frank’s death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 24 May 1918:
News has been received that Pte Frank Heapy, King’s Liverpool Regt, of King Edward Street, died on May 14th from wounds sustained in action in France. He enlisted in August 1917, and was attached to the Hunts Cycling Corps. After training on the East Coast he went out with a draft to France in April and was then transferred to the King’s Liverpool Regt. Within three weeks he was wounded and died in the No 18 (Chicago, USA) General Hospital, France. A letter from the Assistant Chief Nurse states: “Your husband has been growing weaker since we wrote you last, and yesterday morning at eleven o’clock he passed away, very quietly, leaving no messages. He will be buried with full military honours in the British Military Cemetery at Etaples.”
Pte Heapy in civilian life was for many years connected with St Peter’s Working Men’s Institute, taking an active part in its welfare, and was highly respected by all its members. A brother and three brothers-in-law are serving with the colours.
Private Frank Heapy is buried at the Etaples Military Cemetery, France, in grave ref. LXVIII. B 2. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Frank Heapy, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
In Macclesfield, Private Frank Heapy is commemorated on the Park Green, Town Hall and St Michael’s Church war memorials. The floral tributes laid when the Macclesfield Park Green War Memorial was unveiled on 21 September 1921 included two with the words “In loving memory of Private Frank Heapy, from his loving sister and brother, Agnes and Harry” and “In loving memory of Private F. Heapy, from sister and brother-in-law.“
Brother of John William Heapy who served as Private 123560 with the RAMC at the Pavilion Hospital, Brighton. Three brothers-in-law also served.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website
Macclesfield Times: 24 May 1918; 23 September 1921 (photo supplement)
Macclesfield Courier: 24 September 1921 (list of floral tributes)