Middle Rasen War Memorial

Profiles of the men who died during The Great War and listed on the War Memorial in the Porch of St Peter and St Paul.

Bell, Arthur Ernest 1892-1914 CH/125/S Chatham RMLI – died of disease 19th October 1914. Arthur was born in Barnetby le Wold in 20th January 1892, baptised 17th February 1892, his father George was a labourer. Parents George William and Mary Betsy (Marsden) Bell.1901 census-Living at home, in Grove, St Helens, Nottinghamshire. George is a shepherd. Edith Annie aged 14, Jessie 11, Herbert 10, Bertram 4 and George WE aged 3.

1911 census Arthur is not at home, to-date not found him. His parents and 3 siblings are living Kirkby cum Osgodby, George is a cottager. Ex-Private Notts & Derby regt. Enlisted early September 1914 and transferred to Chatham Royal Marine Light Infantry 16th September 1914. A Railway signalman, son of George and Marion Bell, Ivy Cottage, Middle Rasen. Buried Woodlands Cemetery, Gillingham, Kent

Bell, Herbert 1890-1916 – Brother of above Private 13911. 4th Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Killed in action 9th May 1916.

Herbert was born in Barnetby le Wold in 1890, baptised 17th August 1890, his father George was a labourer. Parents George William and Mary Betsy (Marsden) Bell.1891 census-Living at home with parents, Edith and Jessie. Barnetby-le-Wold. George is a farm servant. 1901 census-Living at home, in Grove, St Helens, Nottinghamshire. George is a shepherd. Edith Annie 14, Jessie 11, Arthur E 9, Bertram 4 and George WE 3. 1911 census- Herbert is not at home, to-date not found him. His parents and 3 siblings are living Kirkby cum Osgodby, George is a cottager. He enlisted in Lincoln and resident of Market Rasen, and joined the 4th Battalion of Coldstream Guards (Pioneers). Herbert went to France 5.8.1915 and was killed in action 9th May 1916, He is buried at St Jean-Les-Ypres.

Commemorated White House cemetery, St Jean-les-Ypres, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium and St Peter and St Paul’s, Middle Rasen

Blackbourn, Charles Henry Edmund (Edward) 1881-1916 Staff Sergeant 335, Royal Army Medical Corps.Died 24th October 1916 in Malta, aged 35.

Charles was born in Deeping, Lincolnshire in March 1881. He was baptised on 11th September, his father is listed as a Police officer. Parents Charles Henry and Emma Blackbourn. 1881 with family in Deeping St James. 1891 with family in Benington.1901 Charles H. E.  has left home by this census. 1911 His parents are living at North Street, Middle Rasen. Charles HE is living at 13 Mount Street, Southampton. He is single and a ship fireman.  Charles enlisted in Leicestershire. 1914 Malta had 4 military hospitals, by 1918 there were 27. In June 1916, there was an outbreak of Malaria.

Charles died on 24th October 1916, at St. Patrick Military Hospital. Commemorated Pieta Military Cemetery, Malta.

Blanchard, Thomas Colton Scott 1895-1917 Private TRB/13750. 14th Battalion, Training Reserve. (Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derbyshire Regiment, 52nd Battalion)Died at home 15th February 1917. Thomas was born January 1895, Baptism on 27th January in Middle Rasen, parents George and Annie Maria Blanchard. George is listed as a tailor. 1901 at home with parents and siblings. 1911 Thomas living at home with parents and siblings, he is a farm labour and his father is a bricklayer. They live on the High Street (Gainsborough Road), Middle Rasen. 2 of his 12 siblings have died as children.

Market Rasen Mail 24th Feb 1917 Tom Blanchard had died in hospital at Stafford. Called to the colours about a month ago, the deceased was in training near Stafford when he caught a cold which developed into pneumonia. “

Buried in St Peter’s Church graveyard

Fieldsend, Charles William 1895-1917 Private 40838. 9th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment., formerly 26190 North Staffordshire Regiment. Died of wounds 4th May 1917, aged 22. Charles was born in Limber/ Sixhills, Lincolnshire in Summer 1895. Parents John Edward and Elizabeth Jane Fieldsend of Middle Rasen. 1901, Charles is with his family in Stainton le Vale, his father is an engine driver on the farm. 1911 Charles is a wagoner on a farm in Stainton le Vale. Family are at Binbrook Top. 1916, Charles is listed a head wagoner on farm in Cammeringham, Lincolnshire on his attested form.

Charles was attested on  29.02.1916

Army Reserve                  01.03.1916

Mobilised                          31.05.1916

Posted                              09.06.1916

Transferred                       29.09.1916

Died of wounds                04.05.1917  At a dressing station in France

1917 His parents are living at Manor Farm, Middle Rasen. Father is the foreman for Mr Mortimer.

Market Rasen Mail… At his interment, the Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chaplains officiated, the former writing and informing his parents of the facts. The deceased, who was one of a family of eleven, was 22 years of age. Considerable sympathy is felt for his parents and relatives in their bereavement.”

Commemorated Bucquay Road Cemetery, Ficheux, Pas de Calais, France and Cammeringham St Michael.

Cyril Naylor

Naylor, Cyril Doughty 1897-1918 King’s Royal Rifle Corps/ 7th Btn. Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 25th August 1918 Cyril was born on 5th September in 1897 in Middle Rasen, his parents – Frank and Ada Mary (Doughty). In 1901 Cyril is living on the High Street, Middle Rasen with his parents, 3 brothers and 2 servants. Frank Naylor is a farmer. In 1911 Cyril is at De Aston School in Market Rasen. He started at De Aston on 16th September 1909 and left July 1913. His brother Alfred Byron Naylor (1895) is also at De Aston School photos of him in the cricket and rugby teams. Cyril was a private in King’s Royal Rifle Corps, T12761, this number means that he may have joined in August/September 1915. 28th August 1917 aged 20 he was got a commission and became a 2nd Lieutenant. He was transferred to 7th Bn. Lincolnshire Regiment. 29th July 1918, it is recorded in The Gazette that Cyril Doughty Naylor had been awarded the Military Cross.

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in action, when he was the only officer left in his company. He set a magnificent example to all under him, and carried two retirements in a well-ordered manner. He was wounded, but remained at duty for 24 hours before he would go down to the dressing station.

25th August 1918, he was killed in action. He is buried at Martinpuich British Cemetery, 16. Lincolnshire Archives has a photograph of Cyril in his Lincolnshire Regiment uniform. (MLL13980), Medals photograph from J Naylor.

War memorial in Chapel & Church in Middle Rasen and De Aston School

Sellars, Harry 1895-1918 Lance Corporal 4315/201485 2nd Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 7th September 1918. Harry was born in June 1895, Middle Rasen, parents John Richard and Mary Jane Sellers, 28th (23rd) June 1895 baptised at St Peter and St Paul’s. In 1897 25th February, John buried his wife Mary Jane, aged 39. They had buried their baby (one month) daughter Lizzie on 8th November 1896. In 1901 census John is a widower, with John, Annie and Nellie, still in Middle Rasen. Harry is in Armley, Yorkshire. He is with his Aunt Rose and her husband Thomas Fridlington and family. In the 1911 census John is now a general labourer and all his 4 children are living at home. Harry is a newspaper errand boy. Harry worked for Curry’s Cycle Stores. In 1915 Harry joined 2nd Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment and he enlisted in May. He went was to France by November 1915. In 1917 Harry was gassed in February, and returned to France the following August. He was expected home on leave when the news came that he had be killed.

Market Rasen Mail October 1918

“Mr R Sellars of this village (Middle Rasen) has received intimation that his second son, Lance-Corporal H Sellars, of the 2nd Lincolns, was killed in action on 7th September. The deceased, who was employed at Curry’s Cycle Stores, enlisted in May 1915, and went to France in November of the same year. He was gassed in February 1917 and returned to France the following August. His people were expecting him home on leave, when the sad news came through of his death. He was 23 years of age.”

Buried Vis-En-Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. John R Sellars,widower of Gainsborough Road, Middle Rasen


Sharp, John 1894-1917 Private 2nd Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment 26980, formerly 3938 Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action on 4th May 1917, aged 23. John was born on May 1894, baptised 6th May 1894 in Middle Rasen. Parents William and Etta (Lutyetta) In 1901 census-John is living with his parents and 4 brothers and 4 sisters. In Gainsborough Road, Middle Rasen, William was an Ag lab. In 1911 census- John is 16 and a wagoner on Rectory Farm, West Rasen for John Metcalfe. Family in Middle Rasen.In 1916 John’s parents William and Etta are living at 26 Queen Street, Market Rasen, when younger brother Thomas dies.

1917 21st June Nottingham Evening Post

Roll of Honour – Sharpe 26980 J (Middle Rasen) wounded, now reported wounded and missing”

 Killed in action on 4th May 1917, aged 23.Commemorated in Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais and St Peter and St Paul’s Middle Rasen.

Sharp Thomas 1899-1916Brother of above. Boy Telegraphist J/34992, Royal Navy, H.M.S MANUTA. Died of disease on 27th September 1916, aged 17 Thomas was born on 8th March 1899, baptised 9th April 1899 in Middle Rasen. Parents William and Etta (Lutyetta). In 1901 census-Thomas is living with his parents and 4 brothers and 4 sisters. In Gainsborough Road, Middle Rasen, William was an Ag lab. 1911 census-Thomas is with parents, 3 siblings still in Middle Rasen. William is now a farm labourer, 4 of their 14 children have died. 1916 William and Etta are living at 26 Queen Street, Market Rasen. 27th September H.M.S MANUTA was in Stobcross, Glasgow.Thomas is listed as sick. The ship’s records show that a landing party was allowed to attend his funeral was on 29th September. H.M.S MANUTA was an armed merchant cruiser patrolling the route around Scotland and Iceland. Buried in Sighthill Cemetery in Glasgow. Commemorated in Eastwood Cemetery and St Peter and St Paul’s Middle Rasen.

Tryon, George Arthur 1886-1918 Captain acting Lieutenant Colonel. King’s Royal Rifle Corps, 6th Battalion, commanding 4th. Killed in action 7th November 1918, buried at St. Remy Chaussee communal cemetery, Nord. George was born 3rd April in Middle Rasen, baptism 1st May 1886. Parents-Rev. Arthur W and Mrs Mary L K Tryon, Willoughby House, Middle Rasen. In 1891 with parents and sister, his father is the Vicar of Middle Rasen.  1897 Starts De Aston school. In 1901 Census- pupil at Uppingham School, joined O.T.C  1905 Pembroke College, Cambridge, graduated with a degree in Mathematics Summer 1908. 20th Wrangler.  In 1908 Joined Oundle School as a teacher

G.A Tryon, Oundle School, 17th July 1908
2nd lieutenant for service with contingent of junior division of officers training corps. The London Gazette 1st December 1908

1911 House-master of Crosby House, Oundle, Northamptonshire. His father died on 6th June 1911. In 1914 October active service in France with KRRC 6th Battalion, as a Captain.
1915 1st January, wounded and sent home to recover. Back to France, then onto Salonica, Macedonia for the next few years. It was during this period, he was mentioned in dispatches and received the Military Cross- limited details. *

In 1917 July returned to France and promoted to Major.In 1918 7th November, he was killed by a single bullet during the attack towards Maubeuge, near St. Aubin. He was acting Lieu-Col. and commander of the 4th battalion, and was buried with 11 other soldiers from KRRC.

Memorials-De Aston school, Oundle Town Memorial, St Peter and St Pauls.

*Report from De Astonian Magazine Christmas 1918

Men from Middle Rasen not included on the village Memorial.

Carr, Charles Watson 1882-1914 Charles was born in Middle Rasen in 1882. He joined the army in 1901. In the 1911 census he and his wife and 5 children are living in Wragby. Charles is a farm labourer and an Army Reservist. He is called up and joins 1st Battalion Lincolnshire, he died 1st November 1914.

Prescott, George Frederick 1896-1916 – 11925 7th Lincolnshire, born Middle Rasen in 1896, he lived in Langworth. Killed in Action 2nd March 1916. Commemorated on Ypres Memorial Memin Gate. Census of 1911 he is with parents John and Fanny Prescott and family in Langworth. His father is a farm foreman. George is one of 11 children He enlisted in Wragby.

Smith, Charles 1875- 1917 – 18982, 6th Lincolnshire died heart failure 26th July 1917, aged 42. He was born in Middle Rasen, worked in Market Rasen. His wife and children was living in Ashby, Scunthorpe in 1917. He is remembered on Market Rasen town war memorial.