Heathcote Ernest Pte 4456205

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Personnel Entry

Pte E Heathcote's CWGC headstone.
Pte E Heathcote's CWGC headstone.

Name Heathcote Ernest
Army number 4456205
Rank Pte
Date of birth Born County Durham 1910/11.
Age 29
Unit Durham Light Infantry, no enlistment date but probably Summer 1939. Posted ? 6th Bn DLI. Posted 10th Bn DLI - probably 1/9/1939. Served BEF. Posted Missing 10/5/40 - 31/5/40. Presumed KILLED in ACTION 20/5/40 with 10th Bn Durham Light Infantry.
Platoon or other sub-unit
Task or role
Joined Brigade Probably 1/9/1939.
Prisoner of War
Died/Killed in action 20-May-40
Home address Resident of County Durham. Husband of Annie Heathcote, Kirk Merrington. Buried Sp. Mem. Plot 8. Row E. Grave 2. BUCQUOY ROAD CEMETERY, Ficheux.
Source table 10DLI

DLI Roll of Honour has 1/5/1940 as the date of death - this is believed to be in error as the German invasion only began on 10/5/1940. War Office casualty list shows only 5/40 with no day. CWGC shows 20/5/1940 which was the date of the Battles of FICHEUX and MERCATEL.