Soldiers who Survived
Rank / Number
Date of Birth
Not known / Not known
Robert Heyes in the uniform of the Lancashire Fusiliers in 1914
Robert (Bob) Heyes was born in Prescot in 1896, the son of Samuel, from Rainhill and Margaret. He had two elder brothers, John, born in 1885 and Walter born in 1887 and three younger brothers, Samuel, born in 1899, Joseph, born in 1901 and William, born in 1902. He also had three sisters, Alice born in 1892, Margaret born in 1894 and Lily born in 1907.
He married Caroline Marina Box in 1920, several years after returning from the war.
Robert “Bob” Heyes is the paternal grandfather of Sue Stott from Rainhill.
He joined the Lancashire Fusiliers with the “Pals” in WW1 and spoke of training in Knowsley Park. He fought at Ypres, Passchendale and at the Somme. He was shot in the right side of his chest but was saved from injury because his tobacco tin was in his pocket.
Like many men who returned from the fighting Bob talked very little about his experiences during the war.
Acknowledgement: - Sue Stott