Rifleman R/10709 - King’s Royal Rifle Corps
Killed in Action Flanders 25th September 1915 : Aged 22
YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL Panel 51 and 53.
Rifleman Frederick Heathcote is deservedly and correctly given listed honour on neighbouring Derbyshire memorials which reflect his parents earlier family relocation. Fred was however born in Huthwaite, and in recognition of starting his short life here in Nottinghamshire here awards additional named remembrance.
Year 1894 is when Frederick was born in Huthwaite. This son of a coal mining hewer along with five other siblings named John, Ethel, Rowland, Alice, and Isaac, was still living with parents Rowland and Mary Ann Heathcote when 1911 census reveals the family had by then moved to Ball’s Cottages in nearby Newton.
Choosing to enlist at Mansfield for the Kings Royal Rifles may have been decided between close friends or workmates, because Mr Isiah Holland also from Newton apparently shared same fateful posting to France in late June. And the two riflemen are amongst those who lost their lives on first day in the Battle of Loos.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission Detailed confirmation listing.
Soldiers who died in the Great War 1914 - 1919 FREDERICK HEATHCOTE, born Huthwaite, enlisted Mansfield, resides Derby. Rifleman R./10709 9th. Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Killed in action, France and Flanders 25th. September, 1915.
Written 15 Feb 09 Revised 25 Sep 15 © by Gary Elliott