GEORGE JAMES HEASMAN

Private, 228699, 1st Battalion, London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers)
Attached 2nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers
Killed in Action on 9 October 1917 near Ypres, Belgium, aged 35
He has no known grave and is listed on the Tyne Cot Memorial: Panel 148 to 150
 

Private George James Heasman was born in Hartfield in 1882. He lived at Neaves Farm, Hartfield, but previously lived at Pump House, High Steet, Hartfield.

He was the son of George (b.1850) and Emily (née Gadd) Heasman. He was engaged to Miss C.M. Thrift.

In the 1911 census he was aged 28 and listed as an agricultural labourer, as was his father, a widower aged 61. His sister Ethel aged 20 was their housekeeper and his brother Horace was a gardener aged 18. They all lived in the High Street, Hartfield.

His sister Ethel married William George Brown, Fincham Farm, Hartfield, in the summer of 1914, who was killed on 26 September 1917 in the Third Battle of Ypres.

George Heasman enlisted at Hastings. He was killed in action on 9 October 1917 near Ypres, Belgium, aged 35. He has no known grave and is listed on the Tyne Cot Memorial: Panel 148 to 150.

During 1917 the 2nd Battalion Royal Fusiliers was engaged in the following battles: the First Battle of the Scarpe, the Second Battle of the Scarpe, the Third Battle of the Scarpe, the Battle of Langemarck, the Battle of Broodseinde, the Battle of Poelcapelle, and the Battle of Cambrai.

On the day George Heasman died the Battle of Poelcapelle was raging as part of the Third Battle of Ypres. Bad weather in October led to the battlefield becoming an impossible quagmire.

Listed on the war memorial in Hartfield.

Carol O'Driscoll