George Irvine Heddle

Biography of George Irvine Heddle

George Irvine Heddle
George Irvine Heddle

Lieutenant Colonel George Irvine Heddle of the Royal Engineers was born in Kirkwall and educated at Kirkwall Grammar School. He studied Engineering at the University, graduating BSc in 1921.

Following graduation, he married and settled in Aberdeenshire living in Ellon and then Maud. He worked as a District Road Surveyor. He volunteered for service at the start of the war, aged 39. A number of his Aberdeenshire colleagues followed him into the Royal Engineers and they trained in Kent. They were then posted to North Africa and Italy.

Sailing between North Africa and Italy, Heddle's ship was torpedoed. Many men were lost including several from the village of Maud. According to Heddle's daughter, her father never got over those deaths. Heddle was in Italy until he was invalided home to Brechin Hospital. He returned to Maud but died soon after his return on 29 October 1945.

Additional information supplied by Louise Dyer, George Irvine Heddle's daughter.


George Irvine Heddle
Born 20 August 1900, Kirkwall, Scotland.
Died 29 October 1945.
University Link: Graduate
GU Degree: BSc, 1921;
Father's Details: Malcolm Heddle; Civil engineer
War Service: Lieutenant-Colonel, Royal Engineers
Grave / Memorial: Aberdeen Crematorium, Scotland
View Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
Record last updated: 17th Mar 2008

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