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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