Pinchbeck vicar’s son dies in France in 1915

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The vicar of Pinchbeck had to see his elder son off to war on the day in 1915 he heard his younger son Frank had died.

The vicarage was thrown into mourning when a telegram arrived from the War Office with the news that Lieut Frank Wayet had been killed in action in France.

Frank, of the 3rd Battalion Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) attached to the 1st Battalion, had been born in the vicarage and was aged 26.

The report said Frank had been appointed bomb officer, and “probably whilst carrying out his dangerous duties met his death”.

The report said no family had given greater service during the war than the Wayets. The vicar, himself an old military man , was an officer in the Buckinghamshire Regiment and had worked hard through the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Families’ Association and in other ways for the dependants of “our fighting men”.

Mrs Wayet and her two daughters were said to be no less active in “promoting good works and securing and despatching gifts to the forces, and in entertaining wounded soldiers”.

The elder son, Sec-Lieut Jack Wayet, 3rd Lincolnshire Regiment, sailed for France on the day the sad news of his brother’s death was received.

The report said the congregation was just assembling for a service at the parish church when the telegram arrived.

There had been a constant stream of messages of consolation at the vicarage.

Throughout Pinchbeck blinds were drawn as a token of respect for “Master Frank”, who was apparently held in “affectionate regard by all in the village”.

At the same time, Mr and Mrs E Alexander, of Jockey Drove, West Pinchbeck, learned of the death of their son Corpl Ted Alexander. Ted was a bomb thrower with the 2nd Lincolns.