Lieutenant Joseph Victor Heaton

Duke of Wellington's Regiment - Service number 121116

Born: September 9th 1917
Died: February 17th 1944

Joseph Victor was the second son of Joseph Rowland Heaton and his wife Dorothy Bretherton. The Heatons had been yeoman farmers in the Bolton area of Lancashire from the 14th century. With entrepreneurial abilities, they turned their domestic spinning and weaving activities into William Heaton and Sons Ltd of Lostock, the largest cotton spinning company in the country.

He was educated at Eton and matriculated in 1936. He read history and graduated in 1939 with a 4th class degree.

He was gazetted to the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment on February 16th 1940.

In early 1944, the Regiment were part of the Chindits, 23rd Brigade

On March 16th 1944 a notice in The Times said, “Any information gratefully received by his mother, Mrs Unthank, Intwood Hall Norwich” [His parents had been divorced and his mother had remarried in 1943]

He had died on or about February 16th

He is commemorated on the Rangoon Memorial Face 13.