Rank:


2nd Lieutenant

Service No(s):


104818

Regiment:


Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)

Unit:

66th Battalion

Returned:

No

Place of birth:

Hornsey - London

Occupation:

Bank Clerk

Date of death:

21/03/1918

Cause of death:

Killed in action

Grave or panel reference:

Panel 90 to 93.

Name of father:

Edwin Frank

Name of siblings:

Sydney, Arthur, Winifred, Elsie

Name(s) of children:

Died:

Yes

Date of birth:

30/05/1897

Place of enlistment:

Event:

France and Flanders

Age at death:

20

Cemetery or memorial:

Pozieres Memorial, France

Other memorial:

Barclays Bank WW1 Memorial, Barclays PLC HQ, E14 5HP

Name of mother:

Agnes Amelia

Name of spouse:

Address:

Islington - Middlesex

Biography:

Norman Edwin Heaven was born on 30th June 1897 and baptised at the Congregationalist New Court Chapel, as St Mellitus Church was then known, on October 31st the same year.  He lived with his parents, Edwin Frank Heaven and Agnes Amelia Heaven and his four older siblings (Sydney, Arthur, Winifred and Elsie) at 106 Wightman Road.  Norman’s father, Edwin was an active member of New Court; he was Treasurer and is one of the signatories on the organ contract signed in 1919.

Educated at The Stationer’s Company School – which stood where Stationer’s Park is now, on Mayfield Road, Hornsey – he was a Bank Clerk living at 147 Stapleton Hall Road N4 before joining the 16th Batallion, the London Regiment (Territorial Force) in November 1915.  He served with the British Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from July 1916.

On 1st October 1916 he was wounded at the Somme and, on recovery, after a period of training at Bisley and Grantham, was made a Second Lieutenant in the 66th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps in September 1917. He returned to France in October and was killed in action at Templeux (Somme, northern France) on 21st March 1918. He was just 21 years old.

His commanding officer wrote: “I may say that I regarded him as a capable and promising young officer, who was greatly esteemed by his men”, and one of his men captured at the time and a prisoner of war until the Armsitice recalled: “He was a gentleman to all, and liked by everyone, and stuck to his gun until the end. He died a hero, and is buried near Rosnor and Templeux Quarries.”

Norman is also remembered – alongside another New Court soldier Arthur Bernard Schofield – at the Barclays Bank war memorial at the bank headquarters in Poplar, East London. The polished limestone panel records 362 names of those who died in the First World War. It was originally located at Barclays Bank HQ in Lombard Street, London, EC3. 

Norman’s older brother, Arthur Durrant Heaven, who returned home after the war, is also commemorated at St Mellitus.