Serjeant Arthur Evison Heap

Private Arthur Evison Heap served with the Royal Army Medical Corps during the Boers’ war and with the Canadian Army Medical Corps during WW1. During the Boers’ war he also served briefly with the St-John Ambulance brigade for South Africa.

His enlistment numbers are # 16218 for the Boers’ war and # 2012 for WW1.

He is entitled to the Queen’s South Africa medal, 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal, the Victory Medal and the St-John Ambulance Brigade medal for South Africa.

1881 United Kingdom census taken at 10 Eden Street in Oldham, Lancashire, England
Arthur : Born in 1876 in Oldham (scholar)
Father : George (labourer in iron works)             Mother : Hannah B.
Brother : Edwin M.                                                  Sister : Ellen
Brother : George H.                                                  Sister : Bertha
Sister : Clare

1891 United Kingdom census taken in Oldham, St-Mary
Mother and head of the family Hannah Bell Heap (father probably dead)
He was the only one still at school in his family, his younger sister was working

Boer’s war
He is on the roll of November 28, 1901 of the St John ambulance brigade
Nov. 24th, 1899 The Doune Castle has left Southampton with 55 men of the St. John Ambulance Brigade.
December 29th, 1899 The Orient sailed this afternoon from Southampton for SA with 50 men of the St. John Ambulance Brigade
April 24, 1900 The ship Ulstermore sailed from Albert Docks today with St. John’s Ambulance Corps (117)

April 25th, 1900 The American hospital ship Maine left Southampton for Durban. with 11 men St. John Ambulance Brigade, and 14 orderlies. I think this is where he served since he did not received the St John ambulance medal for South Africa but was with the St John ambulance brigade

May 16th, 1900 The Monteagle left Southampton with 130 men of the St. John Ambulance Brigade
April 6th, 1901 The Avoca left Southampton with 50 of the St. John Ambulance men

September 19th, 1901 : Enlisted in Manchester in the Royal Army Medical Corps. Served at home until October 6 of the same year. He sailed on the Tagus on October 7th from Southampton with about 500 men for South Africa. He served until October 9, 1902 in South Africa and when he was back in United Kingdom and was discharged on October 14, 1902.

Listed in Lovell’s Montreal directory as a carpenter living at 41 Kent avenue from 1904 to 1911 and at 320 Gilford Street from 1912 to 1914

First World war
Born on February 17th 1877 in Oldham, Lancashire, England
Trade : carpenter                                          Hair : auburn
Religion : Church of England                    Height : 5′ 3 ½ ”
Weight : 154 lbs                                            Eyes : grey
Name of his wife : Lucy E. Heap              Address : 320 Gilford street, Montreal, Quebec

November 30th, 1914 : Enlisted in the 6th Canadian Field Ambulance in Montreal, Quebec.

April 16, 1915 : Departure from Valcartier. Embarked on SS Northland on April 17 in Halifax. Sailed on the 18 at 18:00. Arrived in Avonmouth, England on the 29th at 6:00 and went directly to Sandling Camp.

July 1 : Confirmed in the rank of corporal

September 15 : Unit took train X.299 (6:45 am) and X.301 (8:25 am) at Westenhanger. Embarked on SS Viper. Arrived in Havre on the 16 and disembarked at 6:00 am

April 8, 1916 : 8 days permission. Rejoined from leave on the 17

April 27 : Promoted sergeant

June 1, 1917 : Attached to the 2nd Canadian Division headquarters. Returned to his unit on July 3.

January 20, 1918 : Admitted to the 57th Casualty Clearing Station for service sickness. Admitted to the 4th Canadian General Hospital for gastritis on February 9th. Hospitalized at the 16th Canadian General Hospital in Orpington on February 15th. Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Bromley on April 3rd. Transferred to the 5th Canadian General Hospital on August 2nd.

November 5th : Admitted to Ste Anne de Bellevue hospital in Quebec.

December 5th : Demobilised in Montreal. Listed in Lovell’s Montreal directory as a carpenter living at 456b 8th avenue from 1918 until 1927. The address changed for 5534 8th avenue (between Masson and Dandurand) in 1924. He then moved to 5206 7th avenue (between St-Jerome and Masson) and lived there until 1956. His trade was a carpenter and he retired in 1948. Lovell’s directory list him an employee of Purkis and Sutcliffe in 1928 and CPR in 1947. Not sure if CPR is for Canadian Pacific Railway (since he was living close to the Angus shop)

If you know more information on this gentleman, please leave me message so I can add it to his small biography

October 9th 1956 : Died and buried in Woodland cemetery section J lot 145 (military section) Kitchener, Ontario

If you know more information on this gentleman, please leave me message so I can add it to his small biography.

Serjeant Arthur Evison Heap gravestone


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  • Lorraine Courtenay  On 2014/06/05 at 13:19

    Thank you very much for putting all this research on your website to honour such brave men, the horrific battles they lived through cannot even be imagined and is no wonder they did not talk about their bravery, it must have far too painful to remember.

    I have been researching Arthur Evison Heap, as I am doing research for an English Heritage Lottery Fund project ‘Caring For Casualties Of The Great War In Bromley’ – I live close to the Ontario Military Hospital in Orpington and work near the Canadian Convalescent Hospital (now known as the Bromley Court Hotel) in Bromley.

    While carrying out research on Arthur Evison Heap, I have found his family fascinating also – please email me and I will send you my research.

    Kind regards
    Lorraine Courtenay
    Orpington, Kent, England

  • James Ellis  On 2014/11/10 at 07:51

    I am researching the St. John amb. Oldham Corps. In the Boer war.
    I would be grateful for any information you can let me have on A E Heap.

  • Nelson  On 2014/11/10 at 08:39

    James, what you see here is all the information I have on Serjeant Heap and the St-John Ambulance Oldham Corps …. sorry that I cannot help you more

  • Lorraine Courtenay  On 2014/11/10 at 15:04

    Hello James
    My email is – I’ll send you over my research, I hope you find it interesting and glad that it can be used to honour our brave soldiers.

  • D Hammond  On 2014/11/12 at 00:27

    Yes, CPR is a well known abbreviation for the Canadian Pacific Railway.

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