John William Heathcote (1883–1955)


Army Service Corps 105107 Mechanical Transport

Photos courtesy Joan Bannister

John William Heatchcote in WW1

John Wiliam Heathcote colour image in Ww1

This photo was hand-coloured and mounted on wood

Born in 1883 at the Hat Factory in Crich, John married Florence May Brown in 1903 and they lived on Roes Lane. He worked as a shunter at the South Wingfield colliery.

John William Heathcote married Florence Mary Brown (1883–1944) in 1903 at Crich. She was the older sister of L/Cpl Frederick Brown.

Florence Heathcote (nee Brown)

John's wife Florence Mary Brown

John William Heathcote with his unit in WW1

John William Heathcote seated left

Medal Roll Index
He was awarded the Victory, British War and 15 Star.
Entered France 12/8/15
Discharged Para 392 (x vi) 27/1/19

Newspaper report

Derbyshire Courier, 29 December 1917
A feature of the holiday has been the unusually large number of local soldiers who have been fortunate in securing Christmas leave. The list includes Sgt C. Mason, from Ecclesall (Staffs), convalescent home; Private J W Heathcote, A S C (Mechanical Transport), from France; and driver William Coleman, France – the two latter were over together just a year ago – and Sapper Hy V. Smith in the Signalling Service, R.E., who came from France on Monday, after eight months across the Channel. Driver Jas H Dawes, Driver James Bingham, Lance Corporal W Hallam, Cpl Jas Holmes, and Bugler William Hartshorne have also been over on leave. The latter, who is staying with Mr A Buckley, of Park Head, is attached to the Canadian Forces. Along with his parents he emigrated from Park Head, Crich, to the Dominion before the war, and like his brother, Tom, he enlisted in the Canadians during the earlier stages of the war.

John William Heathcote's brother Samuel Heathcote is also on the Roll of Honour.



1891: Hat Factory, Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Edmund Heathcote Head 42 General labourer Shirley
Mary Heathcote wife 43   Ireton Wood
Sarah H Heathcote daughter 17 Mill hand Ireton Wood
Fanny E Heathcote daughter 16 Day servant Crich
Ellen Heathcote daughter 14 Mill hand Crich
John Wm Heathcote son 8 Scholar Crich
Saml Jos Heathcote son 4 Scholar Crich

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1901: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Edmund Heathcote Head 52 Waterworks labourer Shirley
Mary Heathcote wife 53   Ireton Wood
John William Heathcote son 18 General labourer Crich
Samuel Joseph Heathcote son 14 Limestone quarry labourer Crich

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1911: Roes Lane, Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
J. Wm Heathcote Head 27 Shunter Wingfield Coliery Hat Factory
Florence Heathcote wife 27   Crich
Hilda Heathcote daughter 7   Crich
Edith Heathcote daughter 1   Crich

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1918 Voters List
John W Heathcote, Near Sheaf Lane, absent on military service.

1939 Register: Market Place, Crich
John William Heathcote b.3 February 1883; colliery engine driver, surface
Florence M Heathcote b.27 July 1883
Florence Heathcote b.23 March 1920; incapacitated