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10404   Lance Corporal Charles Heron
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 09/05/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 3rd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 29/10/1894
Died: 02/07/1915 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 20
Summary      
Charles Heron was the son of Samuel and Mary Heron. He was born on 29th October 1894 in Clonfeacle, County Tyrone. The 1901 census shows Charles as 6 years old, living with the family at Gorestown, Moy. His father Samuel was a farmer. The 1911 census shows Charles, now 16, working on his fatherís farm in Gorestown. Charles Heron enlisted in Omagh. Lance Corporal Charles Heron was serving with the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he died of wounds at Gallipoli on 2nd July 1915, age 20.
Further Information
Charles Heron was the son of Samuel and Mary Heron. Samuel Heron and Mary Rafferty were married on 18th September 1888 in the district of Dungannon.
Charles was born on 29th October 1894 in Clonfeacle, County Tyrone. He was one of eight children, all born in the Benburb area.
The 1901 census shows Charles as 6 years old, living with the family at Gorestown, Moy. His father Samuel was a farmer.
Family: Samuel Heron, Mary Heron. Thomas Heron (born 18th October 1889), Elizabeth Heron (born 18th March 1891), Peter Heron (born 11th January 1893), Charles Heron (born 29th October 1894), John Heron (born 23rd June 1900), Michael Heron (born 26th January 1903, twin), Patrick Heron (born 26th January 1903, twin), Mary Anne Heron (born 17th July 1905).
The 1911 census shows Charles, now 16, working on his father's farm in Gorestown.
Charles was a postman in Moy for a time.
Charles Heron enlisted in Omagh having being called up on the reserve at the outbreak of hostilities,
Medal card
Private Charles Heron arrived in in France with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers on 23rd August 1914.
Charles had been wounded in the second day's fighting during the retreat from Mons.
He had been invalided home, and had gone out to the Dardanelles in March 1915.
Lance Corporal Charles Heron was serving with the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he died of wounds at Gallipoli on 2nd July 1915, age 20.
From the Tyrone Courier dated 22nd July 1915: Moy man killed
Intimation was received by his relatives at Gorestown, Moy, on Tuesday that Private Charles Heron, 2nd Battalion Inniskilling Fusiliers, has been killed in the Dardanelles. Private Heron was a postman in Moy and, being called up on the reserve at the outbreak of hostilities, had been wounded in the second day's fighting during the retreat from Mons. He had been invalided home, and had gone out to the Dardanelles four months ago.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 24h July 1915: Private Charles Heron
Mr Samuel Heron, Gorestown, Moy, received intimation from the War Office on Monday that his son, Private Charles Heron, 2nd Battalion Inniskilling Fusiliers, has been killed in action at the Dardanelles. Private Heron who had been an auxiliary postman at Moy when he was called to the colours as a reservist, had been wounded during the second dayís fighting in the retreat from Mons and had been invalided home. Four months ago he was sent out to the Dardanelles to the 1st Battalion. His brother, Mr Thomas Heron, Dungannon, is an esteemed breadserver of Messrs Ingles & Company Ltd.
Lance Corporal Charles Heron is commemorated locally on Moy War Memorial.
The CWGC record Lance Corporal Charles Heron as the son of Samuel and Mary Heron of Gorestown, Moy, County Tyrone.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Gorestown Moy Census listing in Gorestown, Moy 54.443444 -6.703391
GRONI References
TYPE - B:Birth M:Marriage D:Death | GRONI | SIBLING: brother or sister | NOTES: spelling inconsistencies, etc.
Date Type Surname First name Relationship GRONI Ref Notes
18/09/1888 M Raffery Mary Parent M/1888/T1/2569/6/61
18/09/1888 M Heron Samuel Parent M/1888/T1/2569/6/61
18/10/1889 B Heron Thomas Sibling U/1889/106/1012/8/350 Herron
18/03/1891 B Heron Elizabeth Sibling U/1891/106/1012/8/493 Herron
11/01/1893 B Heron Peter Sibling U/1893/106/1012/9/168
29/10/1894 B Heron Charles Casualty U/1894/106/1012/9/355 Herron
23/06/1900 B Heron John Sibling U/1900/106/1012/10/383 Herron
26/01/1903 B Heron Patrick Sibling U/1903/106/1012/11/118 Herron, twin
26/01/1903 B Heron Michael Sibling U/1903/106/1012/11/119 Herron, twin
17/07/1905 B Heron Mary Sibling U/1905/106/1012/11/339
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Heron family Lists Charles as age 6 living with the family at house 9 in Gorestown, Moy, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Heron family Lists Charles as age 16 living with the family at house 11 in Gorestown, Moy, Tyrone
3 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
4 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Charles Heron's headstone can be purchased here.
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