Market Rasen Men at War
The retired servicemen of Market Rasen were quickly called up. By September 12th, the Market Rasen Mail printed the first Roll of Honour, a list of men serving their country. The list contained 36 in the Army, 6 in the Navy, and 1 Royal Flying Corps. They continued to list the names of the serving until 11th November 1918. After which the newspaper only listed killed in action, died of wounds and disease, POWs, missing and wounded. The last Roll of Honour was printed in January 1919.
This list was not always correct, men moved between Regiments, it was only updated if the families informed the paper. They are several men who served and nothing is listed in the newspaper.
In 1915, there was a steady flow of volunteers, each week the Market Rasen Mail would list who had joined and in which Regiment. There were visiting Regiments and recruiting events in the town.
In 1916, the conscription act was enforced and men between 18-40 single, without children or Minister of Religion were called up.
Tradesmen’s Tribunals were set up to listen to the men’s case for not going to work. The age range changed again in 1917 and the last man to be sent to war was in the Summer of 1918. There had been a recruitment drive in April 1918 with the new Royal Air Force.
Many men filled in Attestation forms and then were called up several months later if not the next year.
Some Market Rasen Men returned home regularly, for Weddings, on leave, and to recover from sickness or wounds.
There were a few who were returned due to age-too young or too old. The young ones were told to come back on their 18th birthday. The older ones were sometimes transferred to the Labour Corps. A small few were classed as unfit after the training course.
4th Battalion Lincolnshire Volunteer Regiment, headquarters at the Catholic School. Volunteers too old for active service and 17+18 year old were put through their paces. Route marches, Platoon drill, bayonet fighting and arms drills.
In 1917, the Market Rasen Mail started to list the men who had been Wounded or invalid and discharged. Again, this list is completely correct. Some men who had been discharged before 1917 where never on the list in the Market Rasen Mail.
Wounded and returned to the Front
Wounded or sick were treated in hospitals in France and England. Some were sent home for R and R. Willingham Hall was used to house the wounded, there were 6 beds and in November 1914 Nurse Bullimore was there to nurse 3 Grenadier Guards.
Private Ted Pixley, Machine Gun Corps, was wounded in the face and right shoulder in September 1917 but he returned to France. He was demobbed in February 1919.
Corporal John G Pippett, 1st Lincolnshire Regiment, was wounded as he carried a comrade from No man’s land under heavy fire. He was wounded and sent home to a London Hospital for treatment. In November 1916, he was awarded the Military Medal for gallant conduct. Killed in action on 29th May 1918.
Sergeant JT Tindall, A.S.C., lost his finger in an accidental explosion in 1915. In 1918 he is listed as Staff Sergeant.
Pte Frederick J Page, Lincolnshire Regiment, he was wounded in 1915 and treated in a French hospital. In 1916 Autumn, Frederick had been wounded and sent home to recover. At Christmas time, it was reported that Frederick bravely saved the life of another Rasenite, Pte Webb, who was severely wounded and was carried into safety by Pte Page. Killed in Action on 11th April 1917.
Pte Fred Castle, Lincolnshire Regiment, was wounded in the back in 1914. The bullet/ shrapnel near his heart and he was transferred to Lincolnshire Regiment Q.M.S at the depot in Lincoln. He had been a reservist and called up in September 1914. He recovered and returned to active duty in France July 1916-January 1919.
Wounded and discharged
The wounds were too serious and needed longer time to heal were discharged from the Services.
Lance Corporal HM Kitchen, 1st Lincolnshire Regiment, was discharged because of wounded on 3rd January 1917, under 392 XV1. See listed at back of folder for more information. He was awarded the Silver War Badge and died in 1929.
Pte John H Laughton, 3/5 Lancaster Fusillers, shot in the jaw and discharged in November 1917.
Pte Philip Storr, 3/4 Lincolns, was seriously wounded at Ypres in 1915. He had been in a dugout when he was hit in the back by a piece of shrapnel. Awarded the Silver War Badge and died in 1930.
Invalid and discharged
Invalid and discharged due medical condition caused by the war or made worst by the conditions.
Pte Albert Creasey, 10th Chums Lincolns, was discharged on 29th April 1915, he had been in the 4th North General Hospital in Lincoln with medical problems with his manhood.
Pte Arthur Cocking, A.S.C., was discharged on 9th January 1919, with defective eyesight.
Pte Ralph Brumpton, 5th (Cyclist) Bn East Yorkshire Regiment, was discharged as no longer physically fit for war service. He had epilepsy and it was getting worse.
Pte Arthur W Toyne, Royal Engineers/A.S.C., was declared unfit for duty by The Medical Board-TB in his lungs. Not caused but aggravated by active service conditions in France. He was discharged on 20th November 1917.
Lance Corporal William A Cantwell, Lincolnshire Yeomanry, was discharged on 14th July 1916 with TB in his lungs.
Acting Sergeant George was Sergeant Smith, A.S.C., was discharged on 11th June as unfit for duty, sickness Para.392 (xvi). He was awarded the Silver War Badge in June 1918.
Sergeant (Corporal) Harold W Rawlinson, Lincolnshire Yeomanry, was discharged unfit on 31st August 1917. His damaged ankle (accident in 1911/1912) was causing too many problems. He had joined in December 1914.
Wounded listed in Market Rasen Mail in 1915
Pte Herbert Whelpton, Lincolnshire, wounded in his arm and leg, and in a hospital in Alexandra.
Wounded listed in Market Rasen Mail in 1916
Captain Maurice Barton, R.A.M.C.T
Captain Bernard Peatfield, 15th County of London Regiment (Civil Service Battalion)
Company Sergeant Major W Heath, Royal Garrison Artillery.
Pte WS Sowby
Pte A White, Coldstream Guards, wounded in the head at the Battle of Marne in 1916. Award the Silver War Badge.
Pte Joseph Brumpton, Chums Battalion, was discharged on 21st October 1916.
Wounded listed in Market Rasen Mail in 1917
Pte C Scott, Lincolnshire, wounded in 1917, when a shell hit his position.
Company Sergeant Major Bernard Bamforth, Cheshire Regiment, 1917 the Market Rasen Mail reported that he had had his 14th operation and was wheeling himself about. Discharged in March 1918, awarded the Silver War Badge.
Pte Arthur Cox, 10th Lincolns, wounded and a POW.
Pte HS Dent, Royal Engineers, wounded
Pte JW Bartram, Lincolnshire Yeomanry, wounded in 1917 with shrapnel in his arm.
Lance Corporal JA Fergusson, Coldstream Guards, wounded in 1917.
Sergeant J Flanagan R.F.A., head wound in 1917.
Pte GE Squires, Lincolns, 1917
Pte C Brown of Norfolk, 1917.
Pte Benjamin Collins, Lincolnshire, sick 1917.