Jesse Heappey (1883–1938)


Royal Engineers 279516 & WR29672 329 Quarrying Coy; 325 Coy
Northumberland Fusiliers 262047 2/5th Battalion

Jesse was born in 1883 and worked in the limestone quarry. He enlisted at Derby in September 1916 aged thirty-two. In 1920 he married Mary Byard, the widow of John William Byard. In October 1938 he was fatally injured in a fall at Cliff Quarry, where he had been employed for around forty years.

Newspaper report

Derbyshire Courier, 17 August 1918
Local soldiers on leave from France this week include – Private Jesse Heappey, Gunner Samuel Taylor, Sgt Thomas Greenhough and Private Archie Roe, Fritchley.

Medal Roll Index Card
He was awarded the British War and Victory Medals.

Army Service Record
He attested 04/09/16 at Derby, aged 32 years and 6 months, an unmarried limestone quarryman of 2 South View Crich. His height was 5ft 6in; weight 132lb. Next-of-kin was his brother Robert William Heappey of the Common, Crich.
09/01/18 Raised to skilled rate
04/08/18 to 18/08/18 Leave to UK
23/09/18 Raised to superior rate
18/03/19 Granted 14 days leave
27/07/19 Granted 14 days leave to UK
13/10/19 Demobbed

Jesse Heappey's three brothers Andrew Heappey, Ernest Heappey and Lot Heappey are also on the Roll of Honour.

Derby Daily Telegraph 31 October 1938
Jesse HEAPPY (56), a stone worker, New-road Council Houses, Crich, died in Derbyshire Royal Infirmary on Saturday, following an accident at Crich Cliffe Quarry on Thursday. He suffered injuries to his right arm and right leg when he was struck by falling stones. He leaves a widow and six children of whom three are working and three are at school. The Derby Borough Coroner will hold an inquest this evening.


1901: Town End, Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
John Heappey Head 58 General labourer Codsall
Sarah Heappey wife 55   Crich
Robert Heappey son 23 Limestone quarryman Crich
Ernest Heappey son 19 Limestone quarryman Crich
Jesse A Heappey son 17 Limestone quarryman Crich
Andrew Heappey son 14 Limestone quarryman Crich
Lot Heappey son 11 School Crich
Maurice Taylor grandson 6   Crich

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1911: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
John Heappey Head (wdwr) 66   Whatstandwell
Ernest Heappey son 29 Out of work Whatstandwell
Jesse Heappey son 27 Limestone quarryman Whatstandwell
Lot Heappey son 26 Limestone quarryman Whatstandwell
Morace Taylor grandson 16 Limestone quarryman Crich

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1939 Register: New Road, Crich
Mary H Heappey b.30 August 1892
Ernest Heappey b.8 December 1920; incline rope runner heavy work
Arnold Heappey b.20 June 1924; limestone breaker loader
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