Rifleman R/10709 - 9th Battalion
King’s Royal Rifle Corps
Enlisted: Mansfield, Notts
Killed in Action: Ypres 25th September 1915 : Aged 22
YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL Panel 51 and 53.
Rifleman R/10709 Frederick Heathcote is offered additional remembrance by recognising 1894 Huthwaite birth. Father Rowland Heathcote came from a large Hucknall Huthwaite family, where he met and wed Miss Mary Ann Dudley from Staffordshire. Their 1891 Pit Road home located bottom end Blackwell Road finds them parenting 3 children, John, Frederick and Ethel until c1899.
Newton Green, Derbyshire presents future family home offering coal pit employment also for grown sons. Blackwell 1911 census next lists all 6 surviving children. That Heathcote household is headed by Rowland 44, wife Mary Ann 40, John 19, Frederick 17, Ethel 15, Rowland 11, Alice 9 and Isaac 6.
Fred's voluntary enlistment at Mansfield allows choice of joining the Kings Royal Rifles potentially shared by close workmates. Rifleman R/10709 Frederick Heathcote was amongst the 9th Battalion whom, alongside Rifleman 10837 Isaiah Holland also from Newton, were killed in action during the allied attack recognising the Battle of Loos.
Newton War Memorial lists their Derbyshire remembrance.