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 on 6 May 1892, the son of woollen machine teazer Tom Heeley and his wife Mary (née North), and was baptised on 2 October 1892
He married Frances Lockwood, daughter of Fred Lockwood, on 7 December 1912 at St. Nicholas, Cumberworth.
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 48332. 20th (Tyneside Scottish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers. Formerly No 117659 Royal Garrison Artillery. Born Denby. Son of Mr and Mrs Tom Heeley, Sunny Bank, Denby Dale. Married, with one child. Employed in the finishing department at Messrs J. Kenyon and Sons Limited, of Denby Dale. Died of wounds, 8.5.1917, aged 25 years. Buried ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY. Grave location:- Plot 19, Row R, Grave 1a.
- ROH:- Denby Dale and Cumberworth War Memorial.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission