Austin Albert Heritage (1888-1959)
In July 1915 Austin applied to the School of Instruction, in hope of gaining a commission as an officer. He passed, and Lieutenant Heritage was allotted to ‘A’ Company, 12th Battalion in February 1916.
He soon gained a reputation for being resourceful in securing additional rations. The Battalion history tells the story of ‘Big Stuff’ as he was sometimes known, securing a supply of precious eggs at an exorbitant price from a resourceful local.
While his brother Keith would not survive the onslaught at Pozieres, Austin did go on to take part in the battle for Mouquet Farm and Ypres, before returning to the Somme again in 1917. He was awarded the Military Cross for his gallantry, despite being wounded.