8th December 2015 Francis Whincup Francis was the son of Francis and Edith Whincup. Francis was a farmer. Their son Francis was born in 1896 in Morcott, Rutland. His father died when he was eighteen months old in 1897. Edith married her brother in law Thomas in 1901 and moved to Ashton. She had two more children Thomas, (who joined the Royal Navy) and William. She suffered another tragedy when her husband Thomas died in 1907 when William was only two. Dartmoor Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt By 1911 she was living at 20 Kings Road with her three sons Francis now aged 14, Thomas 11 and William 6. Francis attended Stamford Grammar School. He also was a member of Stamford Rangers football club and after he left school he worked for Martin’s Cultivators. He joined the army in August 1915 , enlisting with the 1st Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. In January 1916 he went to France and died on June 4th 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. His grave is in the Dartmoor Cemetery at Becordel Becourt. He was awarded the Victory medal. He is remembered on the Town memorial, in St. George’s church and on the Stamford School memorial.