Profile of the Men and women who served during the Great War
PDF of the 72 men who served in WW1 Click this to see the full list of names
Alltoft, John 1880- John Alltoft was born in 1880 at Harbough, Lincolnshire. In1902, 30th December he enlisted in 1st Lincolnshire Regiment. In the1911 census he is in Ceylon, a Lance Sergeant. By 1914, 13th August he is listed as a Sergeant. 1917 sees him Listed as Staff Sergeant in 1st Lincolns. Spent some time with the Machine Gun Corps. In 1919, 24th June discharged with Silver War Badge due to wounds. Rank CSM
Ashley, A No information
Atkinson, Arthur Market Rasen Mail listed Arthur as joining the Royal Navy; No further information
Beech, George 1892- Born in Kingerby, parents Edward and Elizabeth. The family moved to Middle Rasen about 1897, in the1901 census the family is in The High Street, father a maltster. In the1911 census George is a farm labourer in Middle Rasen. He is living in Mill lane when he enlisted on 10th December 1915. Pte G Beech, 169939 Labour Corps. He married Lillian Mary Wakefield in Autumn 1917.
Bell, Arthur Ernest See Memorial Report
Bell, Bertram 1896 – Brother of above Bert immigrated to Canada before the war. Details unknown. But Bertram Bell is listed in Newspaper Roll of Honour 13.2.1915 as being in the Royal Fusiliers, with his brothers Arthur and Herbert.
Bell, George W E 1897- George joins up, he is under age and lies about his age, regiment unknown…..He was wounded in the shoulder, but survived the war and died in 1968. Spoke to his boss and son about cleaning the wagons.
Bell, Herbert See Memorial Report
Blackbourn, Charles HE See Memorial Report
Blanchard, Thomas CS See Memorial Report
Brown, Charles Thomas 1879 – Charles was born in Middle Rasen in 1877. Between 1895-1903 he was in the Army, Lincolnshire Regiment. In 1907 he married Edith Taylor and in the 1911 census the couple and baby, were in Ashby, he is the Manager of a Social Club. Charles was Reservist 2nd Batt Lincolns 4269N. In 1914 August he enlisted in 9th Batt Lincolns (No. 8253) and promoted to Corporal; January 1915 He is Sergeant; By June 1915 he is Corporal (neglection of duty on escort duty); November 1915 he is now a Sergeant again in 6th Batt. March 1916, he is CSM Sergt Coy Major and an instructor on Lewis machine guns. Charles spent his time at home, in France, Egypt, and Alexandria. March 1919, he was demobbed and returned to Edith who was living in Lincoln.
Burwell, George – Middle Rasen School log stated that Teacher George Burwell, left the staff to carry out military duties. Date 23rd April 1917. No further information
Carr, Charles W – See Memorial Report
Chambers, Herbert – Born in 1897, Corby. In 1911 with parents, and family, in Willingham Road, Market Rasen. He is listed as an errand boy. Joined 3/4th Lincolns; No further information.
Chambers, James – No information
Clark, A E – No information
Clark, Henry J – 6th Lincolns; No further information
Cottingham, Herbert Edmund (Bert) 1892-1971 – Bert was born on 16th March 1892 in Scotter, parents George Walter, a grocer from Owmby and Emma. In the 1911 census, Bert is listed as a general servant in Scotter. 1915, 10th October, disembarked in France, 1st Class Air Mechanic in the Royal Flying Corps. Corporal 3232 R.F.C, Flight Sergeant R.A.F 3232. 1917, 15th May, Bert is mentioned in Dispatches in the London Gazette. 1927 married Mary E Wray, they had no children. Part of the family of Butchers and bakers in Market Rasen and North Lincolnshire. Bert was involved in the business and lived in Barton-upon-Humber. 80 High Street. 1960 Living at Yuba House, Dam Road. Partner in Cottingham Brothers Limited. 1971 Bert died in 1971.
Scotter Parish Council has a photograph, listed on Middle Rasen Roll of Honour
1918 Parents are at Water Mill, Middle Rasen when brother Rufus enlisted.
Cottingham, Rufus Frank 1898-1971 – Brother of the above – Rufus was born in Scotter, 1911 census he is at home in Scotter with his family. His family were living in the Water Mill, Middle Rasen by 1914. May 1918, he was listed as steel metal worker from Middle Rasen, when he enlisted in Machine Gun Corps. Rufus Frank was an engineer and after WW1 he used his £20 War Gratuity money to start Cotto Enterprise Works of Scunthorpe. Now sheltered housing, named after him- Cottingham Court.
Crow, A (Arthur or Alfred) The Crow family lived in Middle Rasen, Tom and Mary Agnes Crow had in Alfred 1897 and Arthur 1892. The family moved to Canada by 1904. Alfred or Arthur or both may have joined the Canadian Army.
Dent, Thomas A – Thomas was born in North Owersby in 1885, he married Phoebe Goulsbra on 17th February 1909. 1911 census he and Phoebe and baby Thomas are living in North Street. He is a maltster Foreman. He enlisted 14th December 1915, living at 2 Chapel Street, Middle Rasen. He is mobilised and posted 7th May 1917, Labour, Lincolns, 25th Durhams L I. 23rd May 1918, he is transferred to Royal Engineers, Sapper 365843. 6th February 1919 Thomas is demobbed to 57 Serpentine Street, Market Rasen, Phoebe and two more children waiting, Kathleen and Walter. (Irene born later)
Fieldsend, Charles W – See Memorial Report
Fieldsend, Frederick 3rd Lincolnshire; No further information
Foster, A – Market Rasen Mail listed that A Foster was not accepted as he did not pass the medical; No further information
Fridlington, Tom 1892-1955 Thomas was born in Leeds in 1892. His mother Rose was from Middle Rasen. By 1907 they were in Middle Rasen as Tom’s youngest sister is born in Middle Rasen. In the 1911 census, the family are living apart, Tom and his mother and siblings are in Gainsborough Road, Middle Rasen. Father Thomas is working in Leeds. Tom is a bricklayer’s labourer. In 1914, 1st September, Tom is attested with K.O.Y.L.I. 11th September transferred to 7th Royal Munster Fusiliers. 1916 sees Tom in Malta. His mother receives letters stating that he was sick with Influenza and was in St David’s hospital 13th March, 22nd March, he had been admitted to All Saints Convalescence Camp. 7th April he was fit for active duty. In 1917, 14th February, he was transferred to Railway Operating Division of Royal Engineers. In 1918, 25th September, he married Ada Florence Needham in Stow. She went to live in Grantham. By 1919, 2nd April, Tom was demobbed. He had trained first as a tinsmith and later as a blacksmith whilst in the R.E.
Garner, George 1885 – George was born in Raithby in 1885. He joined the Army in 1904, 1907-12 he was in India. The 1911 census listed him as a Rifleman in India with 4th KRRC. When he returned to England he joined the Reserves. He was joiner by trade. In 1913 George married Martha Padley and baby Norman was born in Spring 1914. By 1914 he was in King’s Royal Rifles, Lance Corporal, becoming Corporal in August 1915. He served at Home and in France. Home for a period with frostbite. Captain Tryon is his Commanding Officer. Posted again and wounded November 1916, but in November 1917 he was acting Sergeant, with 111 Coy Chinese Labour Corps. 21st November 1918 promoted to Sergeant. George was demobbed in June 1919, to Woodland Cottage, Market Rasen. He unveiled the War memorial at St Peter and St Paul and played the last post. Retired Sergeant G Garner died on 2nd February 1959, Sunnyside, Caistor Road.
Goulsbra, Ben 1881-1954 – Ben was born in Middle Rasen in 1881, parents Edward and Susan. When he was baptised on 27th February 1889, his father Edward was a rat catcher. In 1906 28th March Ben married Charlotte E Scott at West Rasen. The1911 census shows Ben and Charlotte and their 3 children are living in Mill lane.Ben is a farm labourer. His parents are living in North Street. In 1912 Ben’s father Edward died. Then, in 1915, 12th August, Ben leaves for France. He has enlisted 7th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment Private 15114. In 1918, 16th February, he is transferred to R.A.S.C, Pte M/377078. In 1919, 14th March, A.R.CL.Z, Army Reserve Class Z, which meant that he was fit and well and could be called up if needed.
Goulsbra, Thomas 1893 – Brother of the above – Thomas was born in 1893, Ben was one of his older brothers. In the 1911 census-Thomas is working as a labourer on Mr Metcalf’s farm in West Rasen, with John Sharp. Tom enlisted on 6th July 1915 and was invalid out 17th November 1917 due to sickness, he received the Silver War Badge. 12th December 1915, he left for the Balkans. Tom served as Private Tom Goulsbra, 18369 in 6th and then 2nd Lincolnshire Regiments. Tom married Amy Waters Burkett on 28th January 1917.
Hankin, Charles – Market Rasen Mail listed that he joined the Lincolns with William Proctor and PE Smith, No further information
Hildred, Daniel 1879-1954 – Daniel was born in Middle Rasen in 1879, parents Joseph and Ann, 1901 census Daniel is a footman at Orton Hall. 1910 he married Minnie Ratledge, she returns home as Daniel is working at Gayton Hall as a servant. Between 1911 and 1918 they have 3 girls. Daniel enlisted on 10th May 1915; Private 16701 he served in1st Lincolns, 2nd and 6th Lincolns. He was invalid out on 10th May 1918, wounded with a Silver War Badge.
Hollingsworth, A – No information
Hollingsworth, William – Kitchener’s Army; No further information
Ingham, Frank Tinley 1895 – Born in 1895 in Middle Rasen, parents Joseph (a Tailor) and Ann Ingham. In the1911 census he is at home with the family at Gainsborough Road. He is attending De Aston School. He enlisted in 10th Lincolnshire Regiment -2nd Lieutenant. Promoted to Lieutenant.19th June to 16th February 1917 he is in France. April 1917 returned home on leave and told his parents he had suffered with Trench fever, then returned to Regiment. In 1920, 1st September, he married Odetter CLE Erb at Greenwich. He enjoyed an active life after the War, in the Col Services travelling aboard.
Kirk, JF – No information
Lingard, George 1896 – George was born in Middle Rasen in 1896, parents James and Mary Ann. James and his brother were farmers. George was the youngest, three older brothers- John, Joseph and James. When George went to war, he left his father James alone to run the farm, James was promised help but it never came, so he lost part of the farm. Prospect Farm and Low Lane Farm, Middle Rasen. George enlisted in 7th Lincolnshire Regiment. George was a POW in a camp in Belgium. Also, there was George Reuben Lingard from Market Rasen, (distance relative). The story he told was that when on parade one day, his name was called and someone shout that “he had died”, and George shouted “no, I have not”. George R Lingard had died in Liege Hospital on 9th November 1918. After the war, George went with his Regiment to Ireland and he did not return until 1925, he married Ethel Ivy Smith in Spring 1925.
Maultby, William R – Market Rasen Mail listed that William joined the Royal Navy, No further information
Naylor Cyril D – See Memorial Report
Neal, Herbert – Lord Derby’s Scheme; No further information
Norton, C – No information
O’Hara, George – George was born in Market Rasen in June 1885, parents Uriah and Martha O’Hara. He married Ethel Scott on 26th February 1910 in West Rasen. By 1911 census George, Ethel and baby George are living with her parents in Chapel Street, Middle Rasen. George is a horse dealer. He enlisted in York & Lancaster Regiment; no information.
Padley, T – No information
Prescott, George Frederick – See Memorial Report
Prescott, William – Lord Derby’s Scheme; No further information.
Priestly, W – Reported in MRM as wounded; No further information
Proctor, William – Market Rasen Mail listed that he joined the Lincolns with Charles Hankin and PE Smith, no further information
Ranyard, E – No information. Could be Arthur Ernest Ranyard 1889-1964. Arthur Ernest was born in Middle Rasen in 1889, parents Henry and Alice. In 1911 he is a horseman on a farm in Middle Rasen and living at The Vines, High Street. 1911, 15th May, he married Bertha Waby. In 1915 They are living in Moortown, with Constance (born 1912) By 15th October 1915 Arthur enlisted in 6th Reserve batt RFA. But he was discharged on 23rd October- Under WO Letter 27/general number 4507/AG2Bd, (Unfortunately we cannot find out what this means), and sent home on 21st December. When Arthur died in 1964, he was living in North Street, Middle Rasen.
Ranyard, Henry 1880-1938 – 1911 census Henry is living with his wife Mary Croft Topliss nee Fow. They have been married for 7 years and have had 5 children, unfortunately 3 had died by the census. They are living in Gallamore Lane and Henry is farm labourer. Sergeant in Grenadier Guards but no further information.
Rawlinson, Harold W 1893-1955 – Harold Wheatly Rawlinson was born in Market Rasen in 1893. In the 1911 census he is working for his father Henry as a cattle dealer. They are living at The Woodlands, Walesby Road, Middle Rasen. In 1911/12 Thrown off horse and broke his leg in two places. 1914, 4th December, he enlisted in Lincolnshire Yeomanry, Number 55594. Twice promoted to Sergeant and then back to Corporal. In 1917, August, discharged as unfit with a deformed ankle. BUT was liable to be sent a statutory order in March 1918 for a medical. In 1923 he married Annie Exton, they lived at The Woodlands, Walesby Road.
Rawlinson, Nurse – Family of above – Possible, Marjorie Evelyn 1895-1930, married Ralph Lill in 1922, sister of Harold.
Rhoades, John – ASC; No further information
Richmond, J – No information
Saunby, George Ernest 1895-1953 – George was born in Burnley, Lancashire, parents George and Emily. The family moved to Middle Rasen about 1899. In 1911 census George is in Gainsborough Road, with family. Helping his father who is a Hawker. By 1915, 17th April, attested in Nottingham. He is listed as a motor driver, White House, Middle Rasen. Posted 27th May 1915. In 1915, December – June 1916 in the Med; June 1916 to January 1919 George is Private in RASC, a motor mechanic in Salonica, Greece. 1919 Home January
Sellars, Harry – See Memorial Report
Sellars, Joe – Chums Battalion; No further information
Sellars, John – Born on 8th July 1894, In 1913, 18th September, John enlisted in Royal Marine Artillery, Chatham Division. Gunner 13690 on HMS WARSPITE. No further information.
Sharman, T – No information
Sharp, George Henry 1890 – Born in Middle Rasen in 1890, parents William and Etta, older brother to John and Thomas. In the1901 census William and Etta are living in Gainsborough Road, He is an Ag. Lab. Arthur William, Walter, Ethel, George H, Ada A, John, Laura, Nellie, Thomas aged 2.(1911 census ?) In 1913, 22nd July to 21st July 1914, ASC Special Reserve. 1915 2nd March Attestation. RASC t/4/061747 Private (Driver) GH Sharp 45182, 8th Pioneers Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry1916 January -April, up on charges for being drunk, lazy, and having false pass. 18th June, hospitalised due to “incised wound head”. He was driving a wagon and the horse took fright when it saw a camel, causing George to injury his head. In 1918 22nd November, absent without leave, caught by Police in Red Lamp street. In 1919, 22nd January, charged with being dirty and unshaven on guard duty. 1919 May demobbed.
Sharp, John – \Brother of above – See Memorial Report
Sharp, Thomas – See Memorial Report
Smith, Charles – See Memorial Report
Smith, JW – No information
Smith, PE – Market Rasen Mail listed that he joined the Lincolns with Charles Hankin and William Proctor, no further information
Spencer, Arthur William Spencer 1895-1990
Spencer, George Robert 1892-1957 – George was born in 1892 and brother Arthur was born in 1895 both in Metheringham. In the 1911 census the brothers were living at home with their parents Robert and Elizabeth. Robert was a retired farmer. There were 5 other children at home in Willoughty House, Middle Rasen. The Market Rasen Mail Roll of Honour for Middle Rasen in 1915 listed both brothers in Lincolnshire Yeomanry.
Storr, Philip Sydney 1891-1930 – Born in North Owersby in 1891. 1911 census at home with widow mother and 2 siblings, in Mount Pleasant, Middle Rasen. He was a bank clerk. Enlisted in September 20th 1914 in 4th Reserve Lincolns. Private 2844. MRM reported 11th September 1915 that Pte P Storr was seriously wounded in the back, with a piece of shrapnel, and was at 22nd Joint Hospital in France. Philip was discharged due to his wounds on 31st March 1916. He was award the Silver War Badge. Died in 1930.
Swaby, George Francis 1887-1963 – George was born in 1887 in Middle Rasen, younger brother of Herbert. Private in 1/7th Northumberland Fusiliers, then 1/7th West Riding Regiment. In July, 1916, went to France, wounded on 3rd and 24th September-shrapnel in neck and foot, at Thiepval. He was in hospital for 12 weeks. He fought at Paschendale, and appointed transport officer. In 1917 26th June commissioned to 2nd Lieutenant in 6th Duke of Wellington. In Zonnebeck, 31st December 1917, he returned to his own battalion.Captured whilst on patrol, POW and reported as missing on 25th April 1918. Released from camp on Armistice Day, home for Christmas 1918. MRM reported that the whole story of Lieutenant G Swaby of 6th Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment.Lieutenant G Swaby lead a large contingent of ex-service men in a parade around the church on the day the War Memorial was unveiled.
Swaby, Herbert 1883-1923 – Brother of the above – Herbert was born in Middle Rasen 1883, parents George and Elizabeth. Sapper Swaby 55387, 250775 Royal Engineers Railway Troop. In 1914, 24th November, attested to Royal Engineers, stated that he was a plate layer. In 1915, 15th February, embarked to France,In 1917, Returned home to marry Lily Ward in Scunthorpe and in 1918, 17th August, injured right elbow, not on duty. In 1919 5th March he returned to England and was demobbed to 29 Fox Street, Scunthorpe on 3rd April 1919. In 1923 14th January, Herbert died age 40 years, address on records is Low Church Lane, Middle Rasen.
Thacker, John William 1896 – John was born in 1896 in Thimbleby, his parents John William and Betsy Ann. In the 1911 census, the family are at Stock Moor Farm in Middle Rasen. John W senior is a farmer, John W junior is a school boy, there are 4 more children. In 1915 John William leaves for France, in first enlisted in Lincolns, then was transferred to Machine Gun Corps. Pte JW Thacker, 14461 and 46632
Tryon, George W – See Memorial Report
Walker, A – No information
Woodcock, Ernest Arthur 1893-1974 – Ernest was born in North Owersby, younger brother of John Thomas (see below). No information on his War Records. He did return to Market Rasen as he is listed at 38 Gordon Field, MR, when he died.
Woodcock, John Thomas 1886 – Brother of above John Thomas Woodcock was born on 13th March 1886 in Market Rasen.1911 census he is living at home with his parents George and Mary and 5 siblings. They are at Slate House, Low Church Road, Middle Rasen. John is a farm labourer and father is a general labourer. In 1914, 31st August, John enlisted in Lincolnshire Regiment, Kitchener’s Army. He is an engine man and living in Rotherham. In 1915, 14th July, he leaves for France, he is at the Battle of The Somme, where he is wounded in the thigh. In 1916, 8th July, he returns to England, for several months of treatment. In 1917,10th September, he is discharged as unfit, as he cannot march or parade with his wounded thigh. John returns to Rotherham with his Silver War Badge.
Sources – Market Rasen Mail (MRM)1914-1919; Local social sites; ancestry.co.uk; Lincstothepast.com; family memories and Middle Rasen School Booklet by A Dennis (School log books)
The soldiers with ‘no information’ by their name could be for several reasons;
- No information on records, as they were destroyed during WW2
- Too many men with the same name, cannot sort out which is which
- Not enough details to make a search for more information
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