Middle Rasen during WWII

Middle Rasen 1939-1945


Kelly’s Directory listed the following Principal landowners-Frank Naylor, Alwyn Musgrave, Fredk. Rose, and W.G. Mortimer, James Lingard farmer, Prospect Farm. There were many farmers listed, 2 millers, carpenter, blacksmith, tailor and grocer. The village had 1 Church and 3 Chapels, and 1 public house.


Evacuees from Leeds and their teachers attended the school in Middle Rasen. 1,600 children and teachers arrived in Market Rasen station over the weekend of 1st-3rd September. They were bused out to the villages.

Ernie Wise of Morecambe and Wise fame was evacuated to Middle Rasen on the outbreak of war. His full name was Wiseman. The three Wiseman children were evacuated to Middle Rasen and stayed for a few nights with Mrs Foottit who lived on the Gainsborough Road. Ernie, however, was soon taken back to Leeds by his mother.

Air raid precautions taken at the School.


Able Seaman Bert Scott was killed on 24th February, when his ship sunk off the coast of Iceland. His parents lived in Gainsborough Road, Middle Rasen.


Sergeant Pilot Victor A East was killed when his plane crashed in Scotland, on 4th June. As his mother was living in Middle Rasen, he was buried with full military honour in the graveyard of St Peter and St Paul Church.


Flying Office (Pilot) William Fowlie was killed on 5th March, when his plane crashed. He was buried in the family plot in Laceby. His wife Jean and daughter were staying in Middle Rasen at the time.

Women’s Own held a festival in the Chapel in the High Street. They raised £11 for the Middle Rasen Hospital Association.


Mr CW Lunn had retired from the Post Office, and an advert in the MRM told customers that before 15th January 1944, they had to register with the new owner Mr W Atkin.

27th June Wellington III Z1592 crashed at Braemar Farm, Middle Rasen, Lincolnshire after been struck by lightning and catching fire during a cross-country sortie, Sgt G.K. Cameron, Sgt E.A. Crowe, Sgt G.F. Marchington, Sgt G.W. Dunham, Sgt E. Bunt and Sgt R.S. Cracknell were all killed. The crew were all in the R.C.A.F.

Sergeant John Marwood was killed when his plane crashed in France, on 8th July. His parents lived at 8 Council House, Gainsborough Road, Middle Rasen. His brother Charles is also in the Royal Air Force.

Cadet CW Hobley was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant in R.A.F in December.

The Scouts had a concert in the Church Hut in December to raise money for the troop.


Private George W Booth, 2nd Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment was killed in action on 11th April in Belgium. His parents are living in North Street. George’s brothers are also serving- One in Guards in Italy and the other with the Northern Rhodesia forces.

8th May 1945 VE Day celebrations in Market Rasen.

Middle Rasen Garden week 14-21st July.

4th August MRM reported that -A football match for the Welcome Home Fund against Walesby resulted in a win for the home side by four goals to two. Mr G Boardman, just home from a POW camp, was one of the scores for the old club. A collection brought in £2 10s for the Fund.

Sports at Middle Rasen

September 1945

Family memories

Frank Tinley Ingham was interred by the Japanese in Changi Camp.

Fred Ward joined the Royal Navy even though he was under age.

John Ranyard was in Dodecanese on a gunboat with the Royal Navy.