WW11 Graves in the town cemetery

There are 5 WW11 graves in the town cemetery, 4 of them have official CWGC headstones and one is a family plot.

 Captain CAJ Nicholson, Irish Guards, 1943

 Damian Kulinski, Polish Army, 1946

 Thomas Herbert Holmes, RAF?, 1940

 Sergeant Pilot Francis Cocking, RAF VR, 1941

 An Airman of the 1939-1945 War, 1944

Captain Cecil Alfred John Nicholson 1893-1943

Born 13 th October 1893 in Edmonton. His baptism was on 1st April 1894 at All Saints, Highgate. His father Edward was listed as a gentleman, and mother Rhonda.

1901 census and 1911 census;  The family are living in Hornsey. Edward is an artist, Rhonda, Cecil, a visitor and servant.

1916, Cecil enlisted in the Middlesex Regimen, 2nd Lieutenant.

1918, Cecil transferred to the Irish Guards, 2nd Lieutenant.

1922, he was promoted to Lieutenant.

1931, Cecil’s father died.

1939 census, Cecil is living in the family home, with his mother. He is listed as Captain employed in the War Office.

1941, Cecil’s mother died.

1943, 5th December, Cecil died and was buried in Market Rasen town cemetery. It was listed in The Gazette of June 1944, that Captain Nicholson was living at The Grange, King Street, Market Rasen when he died.

Why was Captain Nicholson in Market Rasen? And how did he die?

Damian Kulinski, Strzelec 1912-1946

16 Baon. Strz, Polish Army.

He died on 6 th July 1946 and was buried in the town cemetery. He is listed as 34 years old.

Why was he in the Rasen area?, how did he die?

Records show that there were Polish Army units in Osgodby until 1948. There were Polish Airmen and soldiers at RAF Faldingworth.

www.polishresettlementcampsintheuk.co.uk (1946-48)

Thomas Herbert Holmes 1916-1940

Thomas is listed as died while serving in the Market Rasen Mail, copy of 1st September 1945, address listed as 31 Dear Street- the family home- Thomas and Rosa Holmes.

In Rosalind Boyce’s booklet “Let us sleep now..part two”, she has recorded that family members believed that he had died of peritonitis as a result of a war injury on 14th August 1940. It was also believed that he had joined the RAF. However, there is no record of Thomas H Holmes on the CWGC website, he is not buried with an official CWGC headstone. Thomas is buried in his family plot. 

          Sergeant Pilot Francis Cocking 1920-1941

Francis was born in Market Rasen, his parents were Arthur and Mary E Cocking. Arthur was a butcher. Francis attended De Aston school and is listed on the school War Memorial. He had joined the RAF and was killed when his plane crashed near Kingerby on 12th October 1941. “Unauthorised manoeuvres and hit a tree whilst low flying….”, two other Sergeants died that day. Sergeant Michael J Counter from London and Sergeant Edward J Gill from Brentwood.

See Rosalind Boyce’s booklet “Let us sleep now..part two” for information.

          An Airman of the 1939-1945 War. RAF 22nd December 1944

On 22nd December 1944, a Lancaster crashed at RAF Wickenby. All seven members of the crew were killed. Because of the ferocity of the explosion, there was not enough remains to identify the individual crew members. The remains were buried with military honours on 31st December 1944. All are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

www.626-squadron.co.uk for more information