Basil Claude Christmas Heard
1897 - 1916

BCC Heard

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 -

Mr. and 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 majesty's forces.

Altough this article shows rank as Signaller, his official Commonwealth Graves Commision citation records his rank as Private.

bcc heard newspaper article

Newspaper article
henham war memorial

Henham War Memorial
c heard 1916

Newspaper photo

henham church memorial

Henham Church memorial


Thiepval Memorial inscription

Claude Heard's Commonwealth Graves Commision Certificate