Basil Claude Christmas Heard
1897 - 1916
Claude Heard was the youngest son of
Walter, the wheelwright in Henham, and Emily Heard.
He volunteered to fight in the First World War in May 1915 and was
wounded and reported missing on 23rd. October 1916.
He was a Private in the 2nd. battalion of the Essex Regiment at the
battle of the Somme.
From a local newspaper in December 1916 -
SOLDIER WOUNDED AND MISSING -
Mrs. W. Heard of Henham, have received news that their youngest son,
Signaller B.C.C. Heard, of the Essex Regiment, was wounded in an
engagement in France on October 23rd, and is now reported missing. His
officer writes that he was severely wounded in the leg by a shell, but
owing to the sniping could not be taken to the dressing station by
daylight, and when the Regiment was relieved by another he was placed
in their charge. No further information has been heard of him. He
enlisted in May, 1915, and had only been on the western front a very
short time. Mr. and Mrs. Heard have three other sons serving with his
this article shows rank as Signaller, his official Commonwealth Graves
Commision citation records his rank as Private.
Henham War Memorial
Henham Church memorial
Thiepval Memorial inscription
Claude Heard's Commonwealth Graves Commision Certificate