Heamen, Walter

Walter Heamen, Private 291666, 9th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment
Killed in action 6th June 1918 in France, aged 26

 

EARLY LIFE

Son of George and Elizabeth Heamen, of 25 Edward St, Oxford Rd, Macclesfield.

 

WW1 SERVICE

The circumstances of Walter’s death are not known, but he was killed in action in France on 6 June 1918.

On 26 July 1918, the Macclesfield Times reported that Walter was missing:

MISSING – Mrs Heamen, 25 Edward Street, Macclesfield, has received official news that her son, Pte W Heamen, has been missing since June 6th…

Walter was later assumed to have been killed in action, and his death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 13 September 1918:

Pte Walter Heamen, Cheshire Regt, son of Mr and Mrs Heamen of 25 Edward St, Macclesfield, has been killed in action. He was 25 years of age and enlisted at Easter, 1916. Drafted to France in January this year, he was wounded in the left hand and was in hospital at Rouen. Within a month he recovered and again went into the line. He was educated at Crompton Road School and attended Trinity Wesleyan Chapel. Prior to enlistment, Pte Heamen was employed by Mr T W Sheldon at Knight Street Mill.

 

COMMEMORATION

Private Walter Heamen has no known grave and is commemorated on the Soissons Memorial in France. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Walter Heamen, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

Private Walter Heamen is commemorated in Macclesfield on the Park Green, Town HallSt Michael’s Church, St Andrew’s Church and Trinity Wesleyan Methodist Church war memorials.

 

NOTES

Brother of Albert Edward Heamen, who served as Pioneer 340053 with the Royal Engineers and survived the war.

 

SOURCES

GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births
Census (England & Wales): 1901, 1911
WWI British Army Medal Rolls Index Cards
WWI Absent Voters Lists (FindMyPast): Macclesfield Parliamentary Division
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website
Macclesfield Times: 26 July 1918, 13 September 1918, 23 September 1921 (photo supplement)


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