James Pykett

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Service number:
Leicestershire Regiment
Date of birth:
29 December 1884
Date of death:
23 November 1917
Age at Death:

Known information

James Pykett and his brother Frank were two of four sons of James and Eliza Pykett of Ayston who died in the First World War. Two of their cousins living in the village, Tom and Harry Pykett, were also killed. James was born at Ayston on 29 December 1884, five years before Frank. He was a yardman before the war and enlisted on 1 March 1916, a month after his younger brother. He served with the 9th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment until his death in hospital from wounds on 23 November 1917. He is buried at Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, grave III.F.45. In a letter of sympathy to his mother, an army Chaplain wrote: "We can only say that God's will is best, for, had he lived, his life must have been one of great suffering. He was unconscious when I saw him, and the end came quite peacefully. It is indeed a sad time for all at home when they hear that those they love have been called upon to make the great sacrifice." His brother Frank was killed eleven months later. All four of the Pyketts are remembered on the war memorial inside St Mary's church at Ayston.

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James Pykett was born 29.12.1884, the son of James and Eliza Pykett of Ayston. Apart from Frank, he had two brothers, George and Charles Samuel Pykett (my grandfather). James had four sisters, Mary Ann, Lois, Betsy and Amelia.
By Wellandlass on Friday 24th October '14 at 7:13pm
5 images Some pictures of Mr Pykett’s headstone, taken 21 March 2015.
By John Stokes on Tuesday 24th March '15 at 6:59pm
A Rutlander, living in Belgium
Thank you Mr Stokes for the photographs of my Great Uncle's grave
By Wellandlass on Friday 27th March '15 at 3:25pm

Rutland and The Battle of the Somme

More than 90 Rutland soldiers died in the Battle of the Somme which lasted from 1 July 1916 until the middle of November. Today they lie in cemeteries across the old battlefield in northern France or are remembered among the 72,000 names on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. By using our interactive map, you can find out what happened to them.

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