William James Hegan was the son of the late William John Hegan and Jane Hegan, of Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland, he enlisted into the Royal Ulster Rifles and volunteered for airborne forces.
Rifleman Hegan successfully completed glider training and was posted to 1st (Airborne) Battalion, Royal Ulster Rifles, and took part in Operation Overlord (Normandy).
Rfmn Hegan was killed in action on 13 June 1944, aged 20, and was given a field burial near Longueval and was re-interred to Ranville War Cemetery, Calvados, France, on 12 June 1945.
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