Harry Heap was born in Salford, Lancashire on the 21 January 1890, the eldest son of Thomas and Ellen Bertha Heap. His father was a police constable with the Manchester Police Force. In 1900 Harry’s mother died, leaving Thomas Heap to raise four young children. Harry married Florence Elizabeth Kennedy in Liverpool in 1914, and the couple lived at 188 Upper Warwick Street, Toxteth, Liverpool, Lancashire.
Harry served as a boots in the Stewards' Department on board the Lusitania and he was killed when she was sunk. He was aged 25 years.
His body was never found and identified afterwards, so he is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine War Memorial at Tower Hill, London.
By the time the memorial register had been compiled, Florence Heap had moved to 89 Geraint Street, Toxteth, Liverpool, Lancashire.
In keeping with all crew members, survived or perished, Cunard paid Harry Heap’s wages from 17 April up until 8 May, 24 hours after the sinking. In August 1915 the balance of wages owing to him was forwarded to his widow Florence, in respect of his service on the Lusitania’s last voyage. In addition the Liverpool and London War Risks Insurance Association Limited also granted a yearly pension to Florence Heap to compensate her for the loss of her husband, which amounted to £57-16s-2d (£57.81) payable at the rate of £4-16s-5d (£4.82) per month.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1891 Census of England and Wales, 1901 Census of England and Wales, Manchester Schools Admissions Registers, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, UniLiv. PR 13/24, PRO BT 334.