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William James Henry Heath

Sapper 14681 15th Field Company Royal Engineers
Died 5 March 1917 aged 26
Remembered on Ash War Memorial
Buried in Hem Farm Military Cemetery, Somme, where his headstone is inscribed “In life in death. O Lord abide with me.”

William Heath was born in Aldershot in 1891, the second son of William Reeves Heath and Ellen Heath. His father was a Driver in the Royal Artillery.

In 1907 his younger brother Harold was admitted to Ash Common School. The census records that in 1911 his parents lived at 2 Southview Villas, College Road and his father was a target maker on Ash Ranges; whilst William was a sapper in the Royal Engineers and was also a carpenter, and was at Bulford Hut Barracks at Bulford Camp.

The Surrey and Hants News 15 March 1917 reported his death and Lieut Davidson’s letter to his parents, in which he said “He died a soldier’s death in the exercise of his duty. He had no suffering, as he died peacefully without recovering consciousness.”

Mrs WR Heath subscribed 6s to the War Memorial fund.

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