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Francis Whincup was born at Morcott on 29 May 1896, the son of Francis Whincup Snr, who came from Ketton, and his new wife Edith. Francis was born four months after his parents married, but tragedy struck 18 months later when his father died in October 1897. By 1901 his mother had remarried her late husband's brother Thomas Whincup and had moved to Ashton in Northamptonshire with five year old Francis. The couple had two more sons but then Edith was widowed again when Thomas also died young. The 1911 census shows Edith and her three boys living in Stamford. Francis went to Stamford School and went on to join the 1st Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment. He was killed on the Somme on 4 June 1916, a week after his twentieth birthday. He is buried at Dartmoor Cemetery, grave I.E.35. After the war, his mother was recorded as living at 20 Kings Road, Stamford. She remained in the town until her death in 1934. Francis is remembered on Stamford's war memorial, the very last name in the bottom right hand corner. But he is not remembered in Morcott and is not included in George Phillips' Rutland and the Great War.

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  • Dartmoor Cemetery 1
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A picture of Mr Whincup's headstone, taken 5 December 2015
By John Stokes on Sunday 6th December '15 at 9:35am
A Rutlander, living in Belgium

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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