William Edward Heaton

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William Edward Heaton
Victoria Cross Medal without Bar.png
Born 2 January 1875
Ormskirk, Lancashire
Died 5 June 1941 (aged 66)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Sergeant
Unit The King's (Liverpool) Regiment
Battles/wars Second Boer War
World War I
Awards Victoria Cross

William Edward Heaton VC (1875 – 5 June 1941) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.


Heaton was about 25 years old, and a private in the 1st Battalion, The King's (Liverpool) Regiment, British Army during the Second Boer War when the following deed took place at Geluk, South Africa for which he was awarded the VC:

On the 23rd August, 1900, the Company to which Private Heaton belonged, advancing in front of the general line held by the troops, became surrounded by the enemy and was suffering severely. At the request of the Officer Commanding, Private Heaton volunteered to take a message back to explain the position of the Company. He was successful, though at the imminent risk of his own life. Had it not been for Private Heaton's courage there can be little doubt that the remainder of the Company, which suffered very severely, would have had to surrender.[1]

Further information

He later achieved the rank of sergeant and served during World War I.

The medal

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Museum of the King's Regiment, Liverpool, England.


  1. ^ "No. 27267". The London Gazette. 18 January 1901. p. 398.

External links

  • Location of grave and VC medal (Lancashire)
  • The King's Regiment (regiment history)
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