Life in 1918

Market Rasen 1918

          After more than 3 years of war, the Town folk of Market Rasen are continuing to keep life as normal as possible. The local newspaper Market Rasen Mail reports on the following events and activities;

sale of goods, lantern lectures, concerts, sporting events, fund raising, flag days and school reports on sports and exams.

          In April The Royal Train passed thorough Market Rasen, but did not stop. But the circus did for a few days.

There are knitting parties, the ladies knitted in total over 200 pairs of socks, collections of eggs, and POW parcel collections.

          It was suggested that the Town raise £5,000 to provide 2 aeroplanes, in fact the total raised was £12,144. An expensive machine to crash or run out of petrol as reported in the paper in April. A volunteer was left to guard it until it could be returned to the local airfield.

          There are reports in the newspaper regularly on the outcome of the Petty Sessions, County Court Sessions and Tribunal Court Sessions. There were a number of Official war notices on the blackout rules, census of horses, ration books and food shortages and restrictions during the year. The readers were reminded that Urban Council has power to take over and cultivate any land not used by its owner.

          Reports on the war were censored but letters of thanks from the POWs for their food parcels were regularly included. There were notices about the wounded and men from Rasen killed or died of wounds. While the newspaper had paper there were news about the wider world- fashion, gossip and London life, the formation of the RAF and its daring attacks on the Germans.

          German POWs were often seen in the town getting off trains and marching to the local POW camp.

11th November 1918 was Armistice Day and the Town celebrated, by end of November POWs started to return home. An advert for Picture House to open on 2nd January 1919 with “For all eternity”