Born: 20th January 1894, Norton Subcourse, Norfolk.
Baptised: 11th March 1894, Norton Subcourse.
Died: 26th September 1917; age 23.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 43584
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion.
Formerly 2437, Suffolk Yeomanry.
Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.
Panel 40 to 41 & 162 to 16A,
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Albert Edward Rumsey, of 11, Union Street, Ipswich.
Brother to ARCHIBALD EDWARD RUMSBY.
1901 Duke William Yard, Redenhall with Harleston, Norfolk.
James was 7 years old and living with his parents & brothers.
Albert Rumbsy, 30, a Butcher, born Loddon, Norfolk.
Sally Edwards Rumsby (nee Cracknell), 33, born Thurlton, Norfolk.
Archibald Edward Rumsby, 5, born Norton Subcourse.
Samuel Nelson Rumbsy, 1, born Harleston.
1911 100, Cauldwell Hall Road, Ipswich.
James was 17 years old, a Butcher’s Journeyman. He was living with his parents & siblings.
Albert, 39, a Butcher’s Manager – Co-Operative Society.
Archibald, 15, a Hairdresser.
Richard Sidney Rumsby, 9, born Harleston.
Lily Elizabeth M. Rumsby, 8, born Harleston.
Alice Martha Rumsby, 5, born Ipswich.
James is also remembered on St. John the Baptist church Memorial, Ipswich.
Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion:
2nd Battalion the Suffolk regiment attacked between St. Julien and Tower Hamlets in the Zonnebeke area.
The 2nd Battalion assault began at 05:30 in thick mist adding to the difficulties in communications between each unit coming up against concrete pill boxes. The assault was a success and the honour of capturing the village of Zonnebeke fell to the 2nd Battalion. During the evening a strong counter attack began but was repelled. This continued the next evening with snipers and aircraft attacking during the day. Over 4 days the Battalion received 258 casualties.