image from Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury – 1917.
Born: 1881, Raydon, Suffolk.
Died: 17th February 1917; age 36; KiA.
Employed as a Postman in the Borough of Ipswich.
Enlistment under the Derby Scheme.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 50214
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 8th Battalion.
Formerly Tr/9/5200, T.R.
Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.
Relatives Notified & Address: Husband of Louise M. Rumsey, of 347, Cauldwell Hall Road, Ipswich.
1881 New Cottages, Wherstead, Suffolk.
Frederick was 7 weeks old and living with his parents & siblings.
William Rumsey, 40, an Agricultural Labourer, born Wilby, Suffolk.
Elizabeth Rumsey (nee Bickers), 32, born Laxfield, Suffolk.
Ellen Jane Rumsey, 6, born Raydon, Suffolk.
John James Rumsey, 4, born Raydon.
Alice Caroline Rumsey, 2, born Raydon.
1891 St. Clement’s, Ipswich.
Frederick was 10 years old and living with his parents, siblings & cousin.
William, 50, a Horseman on a Farm.
Elizabeth, 40, a Dressmaker.
John, 14, a Labourer on a Farm.
George Rumsey, 6, born Wherstead, Suffolk.
Mary Rumsey, 10 months, born St. Clement’s, Ipswich.
Walter Bickers, 10, born Laxfield, Suffolk.
1901 2, Lawson Cottage, Kemball Street, Ipswich.
Frederick was 20 years old, a Shoemaker. He was living with his widowed mother & brother.
Elizabeth, 51, a Laundress.
George, 16, a Merchant’s Clerk.
1911 8, Tomline Road, Ipswich.
Frederick was 30 years old, a Bootmaker – Dealer & Shopkeeper – own account. He was married and Head of the Household.
Louise, 29, Assisting in the business.
Frederick’s father William Rumsey died, 1898, Ipswich. His mother Elizabeth Rumsey died 1907, Ipswich.
In 1908, Frederick married Louise Marion Stowe, born 1882, Polstead, Suffolk.
They had 2 children:
Phyllis Elizabeth Rumsey, born 1909, Ipswich.
Dennis F. Rumsey, born 1914, Ipswich.
Soldiers’ Effects to Louise Rumsey – widow.
TOWN MISSION BANDSMAN’S DEATH IN ACTION
During the last twenty years Frederick did much public work in connection with the Ipswich Town Mission, playing a prominent part in connection with the band.
On Sunday evening, April 8th, in the Lecture Hall, Tower Street, a special service was arranged to his memory. The service was conducted by Mr. A. Olding “The Leader of the Mission” who payed a brief tribute to the work and faithfulness of the departed during his many years of membership.
Suffolk Regiment, 8th Battalion:
17th February the 8th Battalion: extracts from Suffolk Regiment records:
“On the 17th the advance towards Miraumont began,8th battalion 05:45 am under very trying weather conditions, severe frost which lasted for a month suddenly breaking on the eve of the battle and rapid thaw converting the ground into a morass of the worst description. very few duckboard tracks existed there at the time, and the nearest hut being over two miles from the front line, the carrying parties had a most difficult task. The process of forming up for attack had to be carried out at night in a thick mist and under a hostile barrage as well-zero hour having become known to the enemy. The battalion gained its objectives quickly in spite of stubborn fighting in the front of the uncut wire, and the leading waves succeeded in establishing themselves within a few hundred yards of Petit Miraumont. The work of consolidation was rendered less difficult by the mist, which prevented enemy observation and permitted freer movement across the open than normally possible.
In the action, which reflected the greatest credit on all ranks of the 8th Battalion, one incident stands out conspicuously. Seeing his company held up by the wire, L/Cpl. W. Savage with seven men having discovered a small gap therein, rushed fearlessly through into the enemy’s trench, killing with his own hands the first four Germans he met and effecting the surrender of the rest of the party, which consisted of fourteen men with a machine gun L/Cpl. Savage received the DCM. The casualties in the Battalion amounted to 130 men. This victory marked the beginning of the retreat to the Hindenburg line.”
Suffolk Regiment 1914-1927 by Lt-Col. C.C.R.Murphy