These Men helped to make V Day possible

These Men helped to make V Day possible

Market Rasen Mail front page; 12/5/1945

The Photographs of 19 Rasen Men who died, wounded, POWs and given awards during WW11.

  1. Sergeant Pilot Francis Cocking, Royal Air Force VR, was killed in a flying accident locally on the 12th October 1941. Francis was a local lad who went to De Aston school, he was a Clerk with Lindsey County Council before he joined the R.A.F.
  2. Flight Lieutenant James Douglas Hancock, Royal Air Force VR, was killed when his aircraft crashed on take off on the 20th July 1944. James went to De Aston school; he was a Chartered Accountant in Sheffield before he joined the R.A.F. His family were still in Market Rasen.
  3. Private Ernest Boswell of 23 Serpentine Street, Royal Artillery. He was born 1911 and died in 1991. He was wounded in 1944 in Normandy.
  4. Sergeant Norman Henry Grantham, Royal Artillery, of 23 Mill Road was taken prisoner at Dunkirk in 1940. He spent the war in Stalag 357, Oerbke, Lower Saxoney.

5. Driver George Herbert Chapman of Chapel Street was taken prisoner in 1942 at Tobruk. 1939 census, he and his wife Doris are living at 14 Chapel Street. He is listed as a Joiner. 1913-2007.

  • 6. Sergeant Pilot Victor Albert East, Royal Air Force VR, he was killed when his aircraft stalled and crashed at Burnfoot Farm, Angus, on 4th June 1942. Victor went to De Aston school. He was buried in Middle Rasen with full military honours.
  • 7. Trooper Eric C Myers, R.A.C, he was killed in action on 18th January 1945. Eric was a local lad who went to De Aston school, he was a Clerk with Brigg Rural District Council before he joined the R.A.C.
  • 8.Corporal John W Godson, of the White Lion, Oxford Street. Parents William and Annie. John was born in 1919, and he was wounded in 1944 in Italy. John returned home and married Ivy R Hanson in 1951. Died in 1978.
  • 9. Sergeant Gordon Harrison, a POW, captured in 1944 in Italy. The local paper listed a Maurice Harrison living at The Elms, Middle Rasen Road in 1945-brother?
  • 10. Bombardier Peter Cook, Royal Artillery, He was born in Stainton in 1916. During the war his family were living in North Willingham. He was a POW, captured in Singapore in 1944. Peter returned home and died in 1981.
  • 11. Lieutenant Maurice Fisher, General List/Northern Rhodesia Regiment. He was killed in action in Kenya on 16th November 1943. He was killed during the advance into Italian Somaliland and Ethiopia. His son had been born in Rhodesia in 1933, when Maurice was farming. His mother was living in Tealby in 1939, CWGC listed as in Grimsby. As he was born in Tealby there is a memorial to him in the church.

12. Gunner John Edward Smith, Royal Artillery, died of his wounds on 12th February 1945 in Burma. John was an apprentice bricklayer at Hemswell before the war.

13. Private James William Favell of Caistor Road. Born 1918 died 1978. 1939 census he is living with his family at Greycotte, Caistor Rd. He is a Draper, and his father is a night watchman. Wounded in France in 1944.

14. Paratrooper Cyril (Jack) Cooper, of 55 Waterloo Street, captured at Arnhem, the Netherlands in 1944.  1939 census, he is listed as a lorry driver, living in Lincoln. Returned home and died in 1989, aged 70.

15. Private Eric Plumtree, 4th Battalion Lincolnshire Regt, Eric was killed instantaneously by a shell which burst right on top of him on 2nd July 1944. He was 19 years old. Before the war  he had been a hairdresser and living with his family in   Prospect Place. He is buried in St. Manvieu war Cemetery, France.

16. Private Harry A Fuller, Lincolnshire Regt., Harry was killed in action on 2nd April 1945 in Netherlands. It is believed that he was a victim of friendly fire. He left behind a wife and two daughters; they were living in Union Street. Harry enlisted as  soon as war was declared, before then he had been on the staff of the Market Rasen malt kiln.

17. Lance Corporal Frank Hesselewood of Market Place.   Born 1923, parents William and Eveline Hesselewood. He  was wounded in Holland in 1944. He returned to Market        Rasen and in 1945 Frank married Marion Starbuck 1945. His brother Peter married Elizabeth Starbuck a year later.

18. Sergeant John Knott, Royal Marines, mentioned in dispatches for gallantry in Crete. London Gazette 5/3/1942  and de Astonian 1946. Born 1909-1970. John was a Clerk in London before the war  while his mother was living at 7 Nursery Street. Went to De Aston school in 1902s.  Brother Robert Knott 1903-1958, also served during ww11.

19. L/Col John Alexander Baty, surgeon R.A.M.C., awarded OBE  in 1945. John was born in Market Rasen in 1909 and he went to De Aston school in the 1920s. He then studied medicine in Edinburgh. John married Kathleen Watson in 1935 and they moved to Rotherham, where he was a General Surgeon.   1940-1946, he was an Army Surgeon in a Mobile Surgical Unit in Burma. Doctor Jack, (to his patients) was awarded an OBE for his services to medicine. He wrote a book on Surgeon  in the Jungle in 1979. He died in 1982.