Maj Gen Gerard William "Bill" Heath
CBE DSO MC
1899 and died 1980
Son of: Major-General Sir Gerard Moore Heath (1863-1929) and Mary Egerton (18??-1954).
Brother of: Mary Moore Marjoribanks Hall (nee Heath, 1894-19??) who married 1st Maj James MacNeece (18??-1916) and 2nd Col Robert Lionel Hall (1898-19??).
Bill married: 1st Hilda Holdsworth (1899-19??) and 2nd Gwendda Evans.
Mary and Hilda had issue:
1. Valerie Bell (nee Heath, 1924-1998) who married 1st John McConnell (born 1916) and 2nd Michael Bell (born 1916).
2. Priscilla Howes (nee Heath, born 1925) who married Rear Admiral Peter Howes (1916-1983).
Maj Gen Gerard William "Bill" Heath CBE DSO MC: An Overview
We know about Gerard from the following sources:
1. Entry in the book "Records of the Heath Family Vol 2" by George Heath, 1920.
The entry in Records of the Heath Family Vol 2, page 58, reads as follows:
LIEUT. GERARD WILLIAM EGERTON HEATH, M.C., R.H.A.
Educated at Wellington college and Royal Military Academy, Woolwich.
Entered the war in France as 2nd Lieut., R.F. Artillery, in May, 1915, aged 18 years 2 months; joined 5th Division near Ypres, subsequently moved with his Division to Arras, then to Sussaune on Somme; subsequently took part in the long fought battle of the Somme in the summer of 1916, and saw much fighting, notably at Delville Wood, where, for his courage and skill as observation officer in the front trenches, he was given an "immediate" reward of "Military Cross."
Soon after this he was severely wounded while taking a telephone up to the front lines at the battle of Fiers, Sept., 1916, and was invalided home. Returned later to France, joined the intelligence branch at General Head Quarters, and afterwards became an Instructor at the First Army Artillery School with the acting rank of Captain, where he remained till the end of the war. He left the Artillery School during the Armistice, and was posted to a Field Battery of the First Army. He returned to England in the spring of 1919, and was posted to the Royal Horse Artillery depot at Woolwich, where he now is.
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