Men from the Market Rasen area who died at sea
during WW II
Corporal ARTHUR Reginald WOOD, 13003439, Pioneer Corps died on 17th June 1940, lost at sea when the S.S Lancastria was sunk.
Able Seaman BERT SCOTT, P/JX 165538 H.M.S Manistee, Royal Navy was killed at sea on 24th February 1941
Ordinary Telegraphist ALBERT George Thomas PALMER, P/JX 204639 H.M Trawler Remillo was killed at sea on 27th February 1941
Able Seaman JOHN Thomas SELLARS, C/JX 239354 S.S. Hull Trader was killed at sea on 23rd June 1941
Able Seaman ARTHUR Laurence KING, P/JX 265742 S.S. Empire Prairie was killed at sea on 10th April 1942
Able Seaman ROY Simpson HALL, C/JX 314314 S.S. Jessie Maerski was killed at sea on 7th October 1942
Stoker JOSEPH SKAYMAN, LT/KX 139962 H.M Trawler Transvaal, RNPS was killed at sea on 18th November 1944
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. The 1939 census, the family are living in Gainsborough Road, Middle Rasen. Herbert is a farmworker, Minnie and 2 youngest sons John and Bert.
1941, Bert and 140 members of the crew of H.M.S Manistee were killed when their ship was attacked by U-boat and Italian submarine off the coast of Iceland. 18 Officers and 123 ratings lost no survivors.
Bert Scott is remembered at Middle Rasen, on the War Memorial (St Peter and St Paul) and Portsmouth Naval Memorial.
St Peter and St Paul War Memorial
Ordinary Telegraphist ALBERT George Thomas PALMER
P/JX 204639 HM Trawler Remillo was killed at sea on 27th February 1941
Albert was born on 23rd July 1917 in Long Eaton, Derbyshire. His parents are Albert and Barbara Griffiths Palmer. His father died in 1920. In 1938, he married Grace Gwendoline Morely Hardy. Their son Jack was born on 17th April 1939. The 1939 census listed the family in Long Eaton, Derbyshire. Albert is a newsagent and general dealer. Their daughter Patricia was born in Spring 1940.
The Market Rasen Mail 15th March, reported that Mr Albert Palmer telegraphist on the minesweeper Remillo was posted as missing, presumed killed. The Remillo was a converted trawler sunk by a mine in the Humber, all of the 18-man crew were lost. The ship is listed on the RNPS memorial in Grimsby. (Royal Naval Patrol Service)
It also stated that Albert was formerly a valued member of the “Mail” office staff. While in Market Rasen, he had been a member of the town’s football club and hockey club. Albert had recently been on leave in the town, and the family were living in Walesby Road.
Able Seaman JOHN Thomas SELLARS
C/JX 239354 S.S. Hull Trader, Royal Navy, was killed at sea on 23rd June 1941.
27th October 1916 born in Market Rasen. Parents are John Walter and Ada Agnes Sellars. The 1939 census, the family are living at Hambleton Hill, Tealby. John senior is a farm labourer, brother George is a poultry keeper and John is a GPO Heavy worker. John wrote a letter to his friend Frank, telling him that he was on a ship that travelled between Hull and London. It would mean that he could see his girl every 3 weeks. No date.
1941, 23rd June S.S Hull Trader hit a mine (laid by eboats) off the coast of Cromer, Norfolk. 11 of the 14 crew were killed. 1945, 1st September the Market Rasen Mail Roll of Honour still lists John as missing.
John is listed on Market Rasen town and St Thomas’s memorial, and on Chatham Naval Memorial.
P/JX 265742 SS Empire Prairie was killed at sea 10th April 1942
Born in Market Rasen on 16th March 1911. His parents are George Vernon and Rose King. 1911 census, the family are living in Market Rasen, Arthur, his Parents, Grandfather and sister. Arthur is said to have been a Barber in Oxford Street, Market Rasen, after school. 1939 Arthur is working as a Barber and lodging with a family in Avon Close, Sutton. The Capels.
1941 Arthur joined the RN. He is listed as RN on his marriage certificate. He married Peggy Primrose Capel on 15th June 19141. He serviced on SS Empire Prairie as a RN Gunner.
1942 10th April The SS Empire Prairie was torpedo by a German U-boat on a voyage from Halifax to Alexandria. The ship sank 490 miles NE of Bermuda. The crew of 44 and 5 RN Gunners were lost.
Able Seaman ROY Simpson HALL
C/JX 314314 SS Jessie Maerski was killed at sea on 7th October 1942
Born in Great Grimsby on 11th March 1906. His parents are George and Amy Margaret Hall.
1911 census, the family are living in Great Grimsby, Roy, his parents and siblings. In 1939 Roy married Doreen Casterton.
1939, The newlyweds are living at Hurworth House, Darlington. Roy is a Butler/Valet. Roy’s parents are caretakers at the Methodist Chapel in Union Street and Doreen’s family are also in Market Rasen.
1941 Roy joined the RN and was a Gunner on SS Jessie Maerski.Doreen worked in the forestry.
1942 7th October The SS Jessie Maerski was torpedo by a German E boat on a voyage from London to Blyth. The ship sank in two minutes off the Norfolk coast with the loss of 16 Merchant seamen and 4 RN Gunners.
1942 17th October, the Market Rasen Mail reported that he was missing believed killed.
Able Seaman ROY Simpson HALL is remembered at Market Rasen on the War Memorials (St Thomas Church and Town) and Chatham Naval Memorial.
Stoker JOSEPH SKAYMAN
LT/KX 139962 H.M Trawler Transvaal, RNPS was killed at sea on 18th November 1944.
Joseph was born in Market Rasen on 1st March 1922. His Parents are Joseph Thomas and Isabel Skayman. 1939 census, the family are living at 28 Mill Road, Market Rasen. Joseph senior is a General Labourer as is brother George. Joe is not listed with them?
1942, joined the RNPS. 1944, June, Joe was in the D Day operations, and returned to Rasen for leave. 1944, 18th November, H.M Trawler Transvaal foundered in a gale in the English Channel. Joe was one of the 19 sailors who lost their lives that day.
The Market Rasen Mail of 2nd December 1944 reported on Joe’s death; Stoker Jospeh Skayman, the youngest son of Mr and Mrs J Skayman of Wold View, Market Rasen has been officially reported to be “Missing, presumed killed”. He was a member of the crew of a Service trawler which is reported to have been lost in recent operations but the family is still hoping that he may have been picked up at sea or be in some situation where immediate communication would be difficult .
Aged 22, “Joe” Skayman, as he was known to his friends, has always been a very popular Rasen boy. He served his time as a printing apprentice with Mr JH Eyre and then worked for a Brigg firm. He joined up in 1942 and expressing a strong preference for the sea, he agreed to go into the trawler service, to which he had been attached ever since.
Joseph is remembered at Market Rasen on the War Memorials (St Thomas Church and Town), RNPS Memorial at Grimsby and Lowestoft Naval Memorial. Suffolk.
Corporal ARTHUR Reginald WOOD
13003439, Pioneer Corps died on 17th June 1940, lost at sea when the S.S Lancastria was sunk.
Arthur was born on Leicester in 1900. 1911 census, he is in Leicester with his family. His father Arthur is a Bank clerk, mother Alice, twin Francis, sister Doreen and a domestic servant. His older brother Robert had been sent away to boarding school. Arthur joined the Royal Naval Reserves in 1917/18. As did Francis, who was killed in November 1918.
Arthur married to Lily Hart of Market Rasen, in Lincoln in 1932. She had lost her brother Matthew in the Great War as well.
1939 census, Arthur, Lily and baby were living in Louth. He was a Public works contractor labourer.
1940, 17th June S.S Lancastria was anchored just outside the port of St Nazaire, fully laden with over 6000 troops -soldiers and airmen and refugees. When a German Ju88 bomber scored several hits. The ship sank in 20 minutes with the loss of 2000 souls including the ship’s crew, soldiers, airmen and refugees. Les Moutiers En Retz Communal Cemetery, Loire-Atlantique.
Arthur is listed on Market Rasen town and St Thomas’s memorial.
Lance Bombardier JACK COLLINS
5117794, 3/2 Maritime Regt., Royal Artillery was killed at sea on 13th October 1942, when S.S Ashworth sunk in 20 minutes.
Jack was born in 1914 in the Louth, he had an elder sister Kathleen. Their parents are Jack (John) and Alice E (called Edith) nee Des Forges. Alice died in 1923. Jack’s father went to war in 1916, as he was over 35 years old, he joined the Labour Corps. He is listed as a Groom.
Jack sometimes was known as Mick. 1939, Autumn he married Rowena M Arliss in Louth.
1940, Kathleen Collins is born in Caistor district. Jack enlists in the Royal Artillery as a gunner, Lance Bombardier.
1941, John (Jack) Collins senior died.
In his letter to his sister Kath, he asks her to go to Rasen to cheer up Rowena. He is in North Shields waiting to board his new ship.
1942, 13th October S.S Ashworth was torpedoed by U-boat 500 miles east of Belle Isle Strait, Canada. The ship sank in 20 minutes, 41 crew and 7 gunners died. The ship was part of the convoy from Trinidad-Halifax-Belfast, cargo of bauxite (source of aluminium).
1943, Market Rasen Mail listed John Collins, jnr, 21 Union Street. Possibly the address of Mrs R Collins.
John (Jack) Collins is remembered at Market Rasen on the War Memorials (St Thomas Church and Town) and Portsmouth Naval Memorial.