This page is part of an ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.
Willie Heeley was born in Denby Dale, the son of coal miner James Heeley and his wife Adelaide.
He worked as a clay sanitary pipe moulder.
At the time he enlisted, he named his Jane Hannah Heeley (married name Tinsley) as his next of kin.
He served in the York and Lancaster Regiment and was attached to the 70th Battalion of the Machine Gun Corps. He was treated in October 1917 at No 11 Casualty Clearing Station after being gassed.
Another solider of the same name came from Denby Dale and was killed during the First World War.
Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922
The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:
- HEELEY, WILLIE. Private. No 38654. 1/5th Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment. Born Denby. Enlisted Penistone. Killed in action, 15.4.1918. Buried CABARET ROUGE BRITISH CEMETERY. Grave location:- Plot 20, Row B, Grave 15.
- ROH:- Denby Dale and Cumberworth War Memorial.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission