Men who returned in 1918/19

When the Armistice was declared, Pte Jack Brown a POW, was sent to Holland, on to Rotterdam and then to Hull, eventually arriving back in Market Rasen on 26th November 1918. The first of the repatriated Prisoners of War from Market Rasen to arrive home.

The huge number of men trying to get home was causing the Government problems and they sent up a system of need. Men were demobbed according to their skills and occupations.

In May 1919 it was reported in the Market Rasen Mail that a total of 727,200 men were waiting to be demobbed as of 10th April. (This included a few men from Market Rasen.)

November 1st MRM, letter from Mr HE Douthwaite. It had been reported earlier about the trouble he had been having trying to be demobilised. He was one of the last men of the town to be demobbed. He had been in Mesopotamia and India for three years.

Market Rasen Mail 1919

There were afternoon teas and entertainment organised for the ex servicemen.

A trip to the seaside and a group photograph.

There was a local branch of the National Federation of Discharged and Demobilised Soldiers and Sailors.

There was fundraising and flag days.

Their stories in their words

POWs sent letters to the press thanking everyone who sent them parcels during the war.  Also local business men wrote thanking their customers for supporting their businesses while they were away.

It was not the correct thing to talk about the war and many men suffered in silence unable to tell anyone of their experiences.

 A few did speak and the Market Rasen Mail reported their stories. In the Local library you can view the Market Rasen Mail 1914-1919 on micro film.

Lieut G Swaby’s experiences

Lieut G Swaby of 6th Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment. He was wounded by shrapnel in the neck and loot in September 1916. January 1917 he was captured and taken to a POW camp in Belgium. Then moved to a camp at Grandauz, a camp of 600 officers. Food parcels and books were most welcome.  Two days after Armistice Day the gates were thrown open.

On 14th December they were taken to Danzig and landed in Blighty at Leith.

Sergeant William Heath, R.G.A.Ex-service men who was called up on 19th October 1914 and demobbed in February 1919, age 50 years. He had been a professional soldier in India and Malta until 1909, when he returned home and worked as a farm labour. (1911 census)

Lance Corporal John Matthews, Royal Engineers/ Lancaster Fusiliers.January 1915-August 1915 a fireman on the Railway. 3rd June 1918 working on the Inland waterways. He was discharged on 17th December 1918.

Pte George Edwin Squires, 3rd Lincolnshire Regiment.Attestation in December 1915, posted in September 1916.  He spent time in France and England and was demobbed on 14th October 1919. He had been a horseman before the war.

Sergeant Henry Joseph Geraghty, 2nd / 3rd Lincolnshire Regiments, He was a retired soldier and was called up on 4th September 1914, aged 37. He was promoted and demoted several time, making Sergeant in December 1918. He was demobbed on 13th March 1919 and returned to Sheffield. He was born in Market Rasen.

Pte Herbert Cook, 1/1 Battalion Lincolnshire Yeomanry/M.G.C. He enlisted in 1915, aged 24 and was sent to Palestine in 1916 in the first draft. Herbert joined the Machine Gun Corps in 1917. He was demobbed in 1919 and returned to Market Rasen. Father next of kin was living in Nursery Street. Herbert died in 1955.

Pte George H Empson, Lincolnshire Yeomanry/M.G.C. He enlisted in 1914 and was sent to Palestine in the 6th draft. He was demobbed and returned to Market Rasen. His mother next of kin was living in Queen Street (Mrs Bonnett). He died in 1983 aged 87.

Pte Joseph Sellars, 2nd Lincolnshire Regiment/ 5th / 6th Royal Berkshire. He enlisted in 1914 and was demobbed in February 1919. copy of his certificate of transfer to the Reserve. ( next page) He had been wounded and awarded 1 wounded strip. He was a waggoner on a farm in Snarford. (1911 census)

Sergeant Thomas Walsham, Royal Animal Veterinary Corps Service 1915-1919. He was part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Wiltshire Regiment.  1939, he was a Special Constable in Horncastle.

Pte F Bartram. 1/1 Batt HQ Lincolnshire Yeomanry. His next of kin is listed as his mother at Brickyard, Market Rasen. In 1939, he is listed as a Special Constable living in Willingham Road, Market Rasen. He died in 1965 aged 78.

Pte Jack Sanderson, 3/1 Battalion Lincolnshire Yeomanry. He was posted in November 1915 to Lincolnshire Yeomanry, and transferred to 4th Lincolnshire Regiment in December 1916.  He went to France in January 1917 and was demobbed on 28th March 1919.Next of kin were in Queen Street. Jack died in 1965 aged 67.

Pte Fred A Flatters, Lincolnshire Yeomanry/M.G.C. 1915-1919. He is listed on the Market Rasen Mail Roll of Honour but why? His family came from Bourne was he working in Rasen.

Pte William Drinkall, Leicester/ Labour Corps. Lived in Paradise Row. He was born in 1878 and died in 1944.

Pte Leslie Rawlinson, Yeomanry/ M.G.C. Demobbed on 24th May 1919. He was born in 1895 and died in 1971.

Pte Railton Mainprize, Lincolnshire and Gloucester Yeomanry/ M.G.C. He was sent to Palestine in the 7th draft. His father next of kin was the fish monger in Oxford Street. He was born in 1889 in Rasen and died in 1966. He was demobbed home on 27th July 1919.

Pte Alfred Healy Dorner, Lincolnshire Regiment/A.O.C Service 1915-1919. Lincolnshire Regiment then transferred to Army Ordnance Corps. In 1939, he lived in Nursery Street with his parents, he was a Railway porter. Born in Market Rasen in 1895 and died in Essex in 1964. His medals overleaf.