Richard Gibbons Heffernan

Apr 14, 1877

Born in Blackheath, Kent, England to George Henry and Elizabeth Hart Heffernan


Mar 4, 1916

Attested into the 168th Battalion CEF in Ingersoll, Ontario 

Ø      Number 675733

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. Elizabeth Hart Heffernan, mother, 2 lakes Road, Keston, Kent, England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England 

The battalion initially trained in Camp Francis, near London, Ontario before moving to Camp Borden to continue training


Oct 30, 1916

Embarked the SS Lapland in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Nov 11, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, to continue training


Dec 5, 1916

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion in West Sandling


Jan 4, 1917

Transferred to the newly formed 6th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling to continue training.  Shortly after the formation of the 6th Reserve Battalion it moved to Seaford


Apr 17, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Apr 18, 1917

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 107 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Apr 21, 1917

After leaving the CBD Private Heffernan joined the 21st Battalion in the support trenches near Vimy Ridge


Aug 15, 1917

During the capture of Hill 70, near Lens, France, Private Heffernan received a bullet wound to his arm and was evacuated to the No. 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid and was then transferred to the nearby casualty clearing station for treatment.

From here he was transferred to the No. 56 General Hospital


Aug 20, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Stad Antwerpen

On arrival in England he was admitted to the 3rd Western General Hospital in Cardiff 

Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital


Sep 18, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Bearwood Park, Wokingham


Oct 6, 1917

Attached to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) in Seaford for Physical Training to aid his recovery


Dec 13, 1917

Discharged from the convalescent depot and posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Apr 11, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion and arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France and TOS the 21st Battalion


Apr 16, 1918

After leaving the CIBD he joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Calonne Ricouart with 8 other reinforcements destined to join the 21st Battalion


May 7, 1918

After leaving the CC Rein C along with 9 other reinforcements, he joined the 21st Battalion in the front lines south of Arras, France


Aug 27, 1918

During an attack on the German lines near the Sensee River south east of Vis-en-Artois, France, Private Heffernan went missing.  This was a fast moving battle and when the battalion had moved on, and the recovery teams were retrieving the wounded and those killed, Private Heffernan’s body could not be located.  As such, he is commemorated on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France.

Following the war the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to his sister, Miss M.B. Heffernan, the Cowdray Club, 20 Cavendish Sq., London, England 

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. E.H. Heffernan, 3 Leonard Pl., Keston, Kent, England


Return to Tribute list