The Launceston-born rower was part of the team for Stockholm 1912. He is credited as being the first Australian volunteer to enlist when war broke in August 2014. He served in Papua New Guinea in 2014 and landed at Gallipoli in August 1915 with Sydney Middleton. He left the peninsula during the evacuation the following December. Heritage was the last person to be evacuated. In June 1916 he was awarded the Military Cross for leading a successful raid on enemy trenches. On July 26 (a month later) he was killed in action at Pozieres.