Middle Rasen War Memorial WWII

Middle Rasen WWII War memorial

in the porch of St Peter & St Paul

Private George William BOOTH

Flying Officer William Alexander FOWLIE

Sergeant Victor Albert EAST

Sergeant John MARWOOD

Able Seaman Bert SCOTT

Private George William BOOTH

4802813, 2nd Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment was killed in action on 11th April 1945.

George was born in 1921, his parents are William and Margaret Maria Booth.

George worked for Mr J S Henderson of West Rasen before he enlisted.

He would be the eldest of 4 children. In 1939 census was taken in October, the family are living in Buslingthorpe. George is not listed with them as he was serving with the 2nd Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment and went to France in October.

George was evacuated from Dunkirk and after a period of training returned to France very soon after D Day. He was a transport driver. George had been due to return to Middle Rasen on leave, arrangements had been made for his marriage to a Scottish lass.

Brothers Francis (1923) and Lewis (1925) were also serving- one with the Northern Rhodesia forces and the other with a Guards regiment in Italy, details not none.

The CWGC records state that he was born and a resident of Lincoln. When he died his parents were living in North Street, Middle Rasen, which is why his name is on the village War Memorial in the Church.

George was killed in Belgium, he was buried in Barnstorf cemetery, Germany.

 On the 17th September 1946 he and several other soldiers were reburied in Berldingen War Cemetery, Niedersachsen, Germany.

“Though his smile has gone,

We shall never lose sweet memories of one so dear”

Flying Officer William Alexander FOWLIE

110139, 90 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, he was killed in action on 5th March 1943, age 23.

William was born in 1920, in Haworth. His parents are William Alexander and Elizabeth Fowlie.

1939, William senior and Elizabeth are in Grimsby. He is an Assistant County Surveyor.

1941, 18th October, William returns from Halifax, N.S., Canada via Belfast after his training period with RCAF. He is a Pilot Officer.

1941, he and his wife Jean had baby Jean in the Autumn.

William was a pilot of a Stirling Mark 1, he had been on many missions since he obtained his wings.

Flying Office (Pilot) William Fowlie and his crew took off from R.A.F Ridgewell, Essex on a bombing run to Essen. He was killed on 5th March 1943, when his plane crashed. He originally was reported missing but later confirmed dead, along with 2 other members of the crew. The rest of the crew were taken prisoners.

The airplane crashed at Heumisch Bauernhof, east of Sankt Peter. Their graves were never found which is why they are commemorated at the Runnymede Memorial. But he is said to be buried in the family plot in Laceby, there is a headstone with his and his father’s names.

His wife Jean and daughter Jean were staying in Middle Rasen at the time, with his parents at Breamar, Gainsborough Road.

The records state that she is from North Fenham, Newcastle-on-Tyne.

He is listed on St Peter and St Paul War Memorial, St Thomas and Market Rasen Town Memorials. He is also commemorated on Runnymede Memorial.

Sergeant Victor A. EAST

Victor Albert EAST, Sergeant Pilot 1135237 RAF Volunteer Reserve. 1942.

Victor Albert EAST was born in Serpentine Street, Market Rasen, Lincolnshire on 30th November 1919, he is Father Joseph EAST and his Mother Annie Ethel Irene FIELDSEND known as Irene or Renee. They had married in the Autumn 1919.

Joseph is a horseman on farm, he had been a Corporal in Royal Army Service Corps, Motor Transport.

Victor and a second pilot P/O M.R.J HEATH were killed in a flying accident on 4th June 1942. The plane a Tiger Moth (T6532) of 5 Flying Instructors’ School, Perth, Scotland, stalled and crashed at Burnfoot Farm, Newtyle, Angus.

As the time of his death, his mother was living in Middle Rasen, Lincolnshire and so Victor was buried in St Peter and St Paul graveyard with full military honours.

The local newspaper Market Rasen Mail reported on 13th June his death, including a Photograph.

In her booklet ‘Let us sleep now… part two’ Rosalind Boyce has researched the men on the town War Memorial who died during WW11 and has spoken to family members. They have different memories to the information in the newspaper report. So, I have included both.

13th June 1942 newspaper Report on the death of Sergeant VA EAST

News of the death in an accident of Sergt Pilot Victor Albert East of North Owersby, member of a family which is very well known throughout the Rasen district, came as a great shock to his friends. In just over a year Victor had advanced in grade from A.C 2 to three stripes and his wings. His ambition to become a night fighter pilot seemed on the verge of realisation.

He had everything which made for success- nerve, dash, initiative. Then, unfortunately, he was involved in an accident on a home station when his training was over and he was on the point of being posted for operational duties.

Educated at North Owersby and De Aston School, Market Rasen. Victor joined the RAF just as soon as he was able. He volunteered for flying duties and rapidly advanced in technical knowledge. Soon after America came into the war he was with the British group in Arizona and on returning to this country he was for a time engaged in instructional work. He was only 22 and about three weeks ago he was home on leave and saw many of his friends in Market Rasen.

The report continues

The body was taken to the old family home in Middle Rasen for interment and an impressive service was conducted at the Parish Church by the Vicar, the Rev A R Stobbs. Many RAF comrades were present and the service paid the last tribute to this promising young pilot by firing of a volley over the grave and the sounding of the Last Post.

Many mourners including his mother Mrs EAST, his sister Miss Joane EAST, uncle, aunties and cousins.

The CEGC website records both Victor’s parents as living at Reepham, but Joseph EAST had died at some time previously and relatives do not have any recollection of the family being there. In the 1939 register Irene EAST is listed as residing at The Hall, Owersby.

Later she moved to Middle Rasen.

Family members also stated They thought that Victor was born in Dear Street and not Serpentine Street. Also, they thought he went to the local Church of England school in Market Rasen. His sister is listed as Joane EAST in the paper, but the only sister found so far was Ethel M EAST born 1925.

V.A. EAST is recorded on the Market Rasen Town War Memorial and Middle Rasen War Memorial. A.V. EAST is also recorded on De Aston School War Memorial.


Let us sleep by R Boyce

Market Rasen Mail June 1942 Rase Heritage Society

Photograph from Market Rasen Mail

Sergeant John MARWOOD

1819771, 207 Sqdn RAF Volunteer Reserve was killed with 2 others on 8th July 1944.

John was on 19th November 1924 and baptised in Wickenby on 11th January 1925. His parents are Charles and Maggie Marwood.

John went to the Secondary Modern School in Market Rasen.

1939 census, Charles a steam roller driver, Maggie, and John a joiner are at 8 Council House, Middle Rasen. John’s 2 younger siblings are still at school.

John was employed by Mr W Doughty (a Poultry Food Company)of Legsby Road, Market Rasen. He was one of the first to join the A.T.C , under the command of Mr A Hancock.

John enlisted in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and was a Sergeant gunner in 207 squadron.

Sergeant John Marwood (air gunner), Sergeant RG Seddon (air gunner) and Flighting Officer (Pilot) C Stamp were killed on 8th July 1944, when their plane crashed. All 3 men are buried next to each other at Auvers-Sur-Oise Communal Cemetery, France.

John is remembered at St Peter and St Paul, Middle Rasen and was also on a plaque in the school.

The third raid was on the night of 7th/8th July 1944

The third raid was on the night of 7th/8th July 1944 when 221 aircraft, mostly 5 Group Lancasters, but with some Pathfinders, carried out a night attack; 16 Lancasters from 207 Sqn took off from Spilsby just after midnight. The bombing was accurately directed on to the access tunnels and approach roads. German fighters inflicted heavier losses on this raid – 31 aircraft failed to return, including 5 from 207 Squadron:

LM129/EM-Y (F/O Charles Edward Stamp)

Crashed at Hérouville near Auvers-sur-Oise (Seine-et-Oise). Three of the crew were killed and are buried at Auvers-sur-Oise cemetery (also the final resting place of the painter Vincent Van Gogh and his brother Theo).

F/O Arthur Eric James Gilby evaded capture and three were taken prisoner (two Association members Jack Fisher and Peter Phelps, and Sgt Ken Ward):

killed in action
F/O Charles Edward Stamp Sgt John Marwood Sgt Richard Gerard Seddon

On 14th July 1944, at the instigation of the local Resistance, some of the people of Auvers-sur-Oise organised a ceremony to put flowers on the graves of these three men and placed a panel on which were painted the flags of France, Britain, America and Russia, with the inscription Honneur aux morts pour la patrie.

These actions were made known to the Kommandatur at Enghien-les-Bains and on the 19th July the Germans arrested local officials and some inhabitants. Five Auversois – Jean Bourt, Gaston Chatelain, Jules Héron (Secretary of the Mairie of Auvers), Fernand Jaclain (mace bearer of the Commune and a Lieutenant of the Vengeance Resistance network in the Groupe France Combattante) and Maurice Lachoque, a Fire Brigade Lieutenant who had appeared in his uniform, were all transferred to the Cherche-Midi military prison in Paris before being deported variously to the Dora, Buchenwald, Nordhausen and Elbrich concentration camps. None of them returned.

Able Seaman Bert SCOTT

P/JX 165538 H.M.S Manistee, Royal Navy was killed on 24th February 1941.

Bert was born on 18th October 1918 in Thoresway. His parents are Herbert and Minnie.

1939 census, the family are living in Gainsborough Road, Middle Rasen. Herbert is a farmworker, Minnie and 2 youngest sons John and Bert.

1941, All of the crew of H.M.S Manistee were killed when their ship was attacked by Uboat and Italian submarine off the coast of Iceland. 18 Officers and 122 ratings were lost no survivors.

Bert Scott is remembered at Middle Rasen, on the War Memorial (St Peter and St Paul) and Portsmouth Naval Memorial.