Malvern College First World War Casualty

2nd Lieut Richard Browne Heagerty

Photo of Richard Browne Heagerty
House and time at Malvern: No 6, 1909 - 1913.

Regiment: London Regt.
Died: 03 May 1917 aged 22 in France. Killed in action.
Battle: Second Battle of Arras. Cemetery: Arras Memorial BAY 3

Born April 9th 1895. Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Heagerty, of Leatherhead, and 34 Victoria Street, London.
Lower Shell Matriculation Class. House Prefect. XXII Cricket; House XI Football.
In business. Clerk at Great Western of Brazil (London office).
Great War, Private H.A.C. 1914; 2nd Lieutenant London Regt.
1st/2nd Bn. London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers).

'He joined the H.A.C. in Aug. 1914, and went to the front within a month. He was wounded in June of the following year, and soon after obtained his commission in the London regiment. During the next two years he saw a great deal of active service, and was gazetted missing in May 1917. On the evidence of eyewitnesses, he was a month ago officially declared killed in action. Dick Heagerty was a prominent boy in his House, and well known to a wide circle of his contemporaries. He was a steady, independent character, who cared little for outside opinion.' (Malvernian, Jul 1918).

Arrived in France: 18.9.14.
16.6.15 - wounded by bullet entering back of shoulder.
England: 5.8.15 to 9.10.15.
9th Jan 1916, complained of varicose veins, and an operation was performed on the 18th Jan 1916.

He was reported as missing on May 3rd 1918, and was later confirmed as being killed by enemy machine gun fire on the morning of May 3rd 1917 at Arras. The witness was Pte Hunn who was under his command and had often played football with him. Pte Hunn was at a German Prisoner of war camp in Hameln from where he made his statement via the Red Cross.

Service record:WO 374/32246