Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Eifion & Viv Williams
Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Halkyn Memorial
Name / Enw: Hubert Heathcote
Regiment/Catrawd: 7th Bn. Welsh Regiment
Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private 291749
Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Halkyn (St Mary) Churchyard
Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: F6
Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: UK
Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Hubert did not serve abroad so was not awarded any medals.
Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:
28th July 1917
Hubert was born in Halkyn around 1899. The census of 1911 places the family at the Hare and Hounds in Pentre Halkyn. The father was Septimus Heathcote aged 45 and described as a domestic coachman who had been born in Hope, Flintshire. His wife was Annie aged 42, originally from Raby in Cheshire. The listed children are Minnie aged 14. Hubert 12, May Annie 10 and Daisy 5. All four of the listed children had been born in Halkyn.The form tells us that Annie had given birth to 9 children – 4 of whom had died.
(The mother Annie was named Penketh before her marriage. See 1901 census)
There is a card for Hubert in the Flintshire Roll of Honour in the County Archives at Hawarden. The card was completed by his father. It gives the regimental details and gives the address as The Hare and Hounds Inn. It tells us that Hubert was a cyclist who died in the West Suffolk General Hospital, Bury St Edmunds only 5 months after signing up.
He is listed on UK soldiers who died in The Great War 1914 -19 accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk This tells us that he enlisted in Mold.