Middle Rasen 1911-1922

A small village in Lincolnshire, just outside the town of Market Rasen.


March 29th The School closed for the stone-laying of the New Wesleyan Chapel, which was built on the site of the old pub.

Opening of The Chapel 1911

April 2nd   Census – Listed 205 houses and 9 uninhabited houses 350 males and 361 females of all ages, total 711.

May 24th Empire Day, the school children celebrated it in style.

June 6th  Rev. Arthur W Tryon died.

June 19th  King’s Coronation, the school is closed, large celebration in   Market Rasen. New Vicar arrived at St Peter and St Paul. The Rev. Frances Thomas Smith


Kelly’s Directory of 1913, listed Middle Rasen residents, using this information; Crops gown are wheat, barley, turnips, and pasture. Sexton is William Codd. Sub postmaster is John Rands. Council school head master is Harry E Hodgkins, the average pupil attendance is 79. There are 25 farmers, 13 cottage farmers, 3 cow keepers, 3 grocers and 6 ladies of private means and 3 gentlemen listed in the Kelly’s directory of 1913, plus the following; a painter, carrier, assist overseer, tailor, wheelwright, jobbing gardener, water miller, wind miller, blacksmith, machine owner, pig dealer, shoemaker, bookmaker, shopkeeper, and poultry dealer.

The village was a busy place. As well as the Parish Church, there is a Wesleyan Primitive Methodist Chapel and a Reformed Wesleyan Chapel. Plus, the New Chapel on the High Street. William G Mortimer esq of Walmsgate Lodge, New Barnet, Herts is Lord of The Manor. Hugo Young Esq. KC of Mill Hill is one of the other principal landowners.On the Parish website there is a quote from a villager…. In the early 1900’s …” Church and chapel were well attended, there were 2 butchers, 4 general stores, post office, 2 cobblers, 1 bookmaker, a tailor’s shop, 2 mills and 19 thatched cottages”


July 28th War was declared and the men of Middle Rasen left the village to “do their bit” for King and Country. The men already serving and the Reservists were in France within days.

Oct. 19th War came to Middle Rasen, George and Marion Bell, Ivy Cottage were informed that their son Arthur E BELL had died of disease whilst on duty in Chatham, Kent, with Royal Marine Light Infantry.

Nov. 1st Charles Watson CARR was born in Middle Rasen and living in Wragby. He was an Army Reservist and joined the 1st Batt Lincolnshire and died on November 1st.

Nov. 23rd Mr Hodgkins Middle Rasen School Headmaster becomes a Special Constable.

Dec.  4th Harold Rawlinson enlisted in Lincolnshire Yeomanry


February Staff-Sergt. John Alltoft of 1st Lincolns came home for his daughter’s Christening. Captain George Tryon was wounded in the trenches and was reported to be at home. Market Rasen Mail

Market Rasen Mail listed each week the names of the men from Market Rasen and the surrounding villages who had just enlisted.

Roll of Honour listed in 13th February Market Rasen Mail (MRM).

21 names of young men serving in several different Lincolnshire Regiments, Royal Engineers, 6th King’s Royal Rifles, Royal Marines, Royal Fusiliers, Coldstream Guards, Grenadier Guards, Royal Army Medical Corps, Royal Flying Corps, Royal Navy, and Royal Field Artillery.

Market Rasen Mail  13th February 1915 Roll of Honour

March 12th “The scholars have collected 100 eggs and they have been forwarded to the Military Hospital in Lincoln for the use of the wounded. A letter of thanks has been received from the matron” On April 1st a further collection of 250 eggs was sent. Middle Rasen School Log.

May 11th School closed at 11.45 to allow the children to see the soldiers at the Recruiting meeting at Market Rasen.

June 18th School closed to go and see a Company of 5th Lincolns who were on a  recruiting march.

Aug. 12th Ben Goulsbra leaves for France with 7th Lincolnshire Regiment.

Oct 10th Bert Cottingham left Middle Rasen and joined the Royal Flying Corps  as a 1st Class Air Mechanic. Sometime during this period Captain GA Tryon was awarded the Military Cross and mentioned in Dispatches.


March 2nd Private George F PRESCOTT, 7th Lincolnshires was Killed in Action.

March 31st Philip Storr was discharged due to his wounds, awarded Silver War  Badge. Tom Frildington is in Malta and he sends a letter to his mother stating that he has Influenza.

May 9th  Private Herbert BELL, Coldstream Guards was Killed in Action.

June 13th  School Concert in aid of the Relief in Belgium. They raised £7 11s.

July John Thomas Woodcock, wounded at The Battle of the Somme.

Sept. 27th  Boy Telegraphist Thomas SHARP, RN HMS MANUTA, died of disease and is buried in Glasgow. He was 17.

Oct. 24th   Staff Sergeant Charles Henry Edmund BLACKBURN, R.A.M.C died in Malta.


Feb. 15th Private Thomas Colton Scott BLANCHARD, Sherwood Foresters died  in hospital in Stafford from pneumonia. He was buried in St Peter’s Churchyard. MRM  24th February 1917

MRM 31st March 1917 Tribunals Appeal Courts

A Middle Rasen traction engine owner appealed for his son, 27. Two sons in the army. Original exemption to stand. (Mr George Swaby was listed as an engine owner in 1913 Kelly’s directory and he had two sons in the Army- Herbert and George)

April 23rd  School Teacher Mr George Burwell left to carry out military duties.

May 4th Private Charles William FIELDSEND, Leicestershire Regiment died of his wounds in France. Private John SHARP, Royal Warwickshire, was Killed in Action.

May 9th An aeroplane had crashed near the school.

May 15th Bert Cottingham was mentioned in Dispatches in the London Gazette. Herbert Swaby returned home from the Front to marry Lily Ward in Scunthorpe.

June 26th  George F Swaby, commission 2nd Lieutenant in 6th Duke of Wellington.

June 28th  School had a fête for Soldier’s comforts after lessons.

July  MRM 7th July 1917, reported on the Fête in Middle Rasen.

Fête at Middle Rasen Thursday of last week

To raise funds for 60 men serving, it was organised by the 4 churches; St Peter and St Paul Parish church, The Wesleyan Chapel, The United Methodist Chapel and The Primitive Methodist Chapel.

Mr Naylor offered the use of his field behind church. Tea only was served, visitors bought own food. There were games and competitions. Music was provided by the drum and bugle band of Market Rasen Volunteers –  Mr Hodgkins – hoopla stall, Mr Atkinson and Mr Roughton – skittles, Mr Cottingham – bowls, Mr Marratt – dart board, Mrs Jackson of Usselby Hall -drake weight guessing, Mrs Codd, Mrs Smith, Mrs Gravill – strawberry sellers. Miss Beech – bran tub. There were several flower sellers. And an Auction by Mr Nettleship

Funds raised just over £46 and Mr Nutley made it up to £50

 July 26th      Private Charles SMITH, 6th Lincolnshire’s, died of heart failure. He was living in Market Rasen and is remembered on the Town Memorial.

August 28th Cyril D Naylor got a commission 2nd Lieutenant and transferred to 7th  Lincolnshires. Harold Rawlinson discharged as unfit with deformed ankle.

Sept. 10th  John T Woodcock discharged as unfit due to wound in thigh. Awarded the Silver War Badge.

Nov. 19th   24 children had school meals.

December  School children and Teachers collected £1 4/8d from  subscriptions, for the Overseas Club Fund.


Jan. 7th School Teachers are helping with the children’s meals

Feb. 16th  Ben Goulsbra is transferred to RASC Private M/3777078 from 7th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment.

March 5th Teachers and children took part in “War Savings” demonstration in Market Rasen

Cyril D Naylor

April 25th  2nd Lieutenant GF Swaby reported missing/POW

May  10th  Daniel Hildred is discharged with Silver War Badge.

May 27th  Use of slates is increased due to the scarcity of paper.

June 17th  Mr Hodgkins was away from School, he had been on Military work in Louth.

July 29th   2nd Lieutenant CD Naylor was awarded the Military Cross.

August 25th 2nd Lieutenant Cyril Doughty NAYLOR was Killed in Action.

Sept 7th Lance Corporal Harry SELLARS , 2nd Lincolnshires  was Killed in Action. He was 23 years old.


MRM September 1918

Nov. 7th   Captain George Arthur TRYON was killed by a single bullet during the attack towards Maubeuge, near St, Aubin.

Nov. 11th  11 a.m., Armistice Day

Dec. 2nd Lieutenant GF Swaby home for Christmas.


The Soldiers were demobbed and started to return home –

Jan. George E Saunby

Feb. 6th  Thomas A Dent demobbed to Market Rasen.

March  Charles T Brown; Ben Goulsbra; George Beech

April 2nd Tom Fridlington.

May  George H Sharp

June John Alltoft, Silver War Badge; George Garner to Market Rasen.

July 19th   ‘Peace Celebrations were carried out in the school and adjoining field. The school children of the Parish and adults were entertained to tea in the school room. This was followed by sports for all classes’  School Log.

see below report in the Market Rasen Mail


Nov. 7th  School hosted an event to welcome ex-service men.

Nov 11Th  30 children had school dinner at 2d a service

(1925-  George Lingard returned home from Ireland)


April   Census the population was 761, increase of 50

Sept. 25th  Middle Rasen War Memorial is situated on the east side of the porch,  and made of white marble. It was unveiled and dedicated on 25th September 1921.

Oct. 1st   Full report in Market Rasen Mail – Unveiling of the War Memorial in St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Middle Rasen.

The Marble slab was from Messes Scupham and Son
Lettering by Private J Brown
Unveiled by ex-Sergeant. G Garner of K.R.R.
Lieutenant G Swaby led a large contingent of ex-service men in a parade around the church.
Rev Ernest Hutchins gave a moving speech on duty.
At end of service G Garner played the last post.

There are two private memorials erected by their mothers about this time.

St Peter – George A Tryon..

Methodist Chapel, Gainsborough Rd – Cyril Doughty Naylor

Report on the Peace Day celebrations on 19th July 1919