Born: 1873, Lakenheath, Suffolk.

Died: Valentine’s Day, 1901; age: 29; Died of Dysentery at Pretoria, Gauteng Province, South Africa.

Residence: Cemetery Road, Lakenheath, Suffolk.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 2876.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion, South Africa Field Force.


Clasps Awarded: Cape Colony, Orange Free State & Transvaal.




1881   Poshford, Lakenheath, Suffolk.

Robert was 8 years old and living with his parents, siblings, & niece.

William Rumsey, 58, an Agricultural Labourer, born Balsham, Cambridgeshire.

Elizabeth Rumsey (nee Dixon), 51, born Winfarthing, Norfolk.

Thomas Rumsey, 28, an Agricultural Labourer, born Lakenheath.

Samuel Rumsey, 21, an Agricultural Labourer, born Lakenheath.

Allan Rumsey, 16, an Agricultural Labourer, born Lakenheath.

Jesse Rumsey, 7, born Lakenheath.

Elizabeth Margaret Rumsey, 6, born Lakenheath.


Soldiers’ Effects to William Rumsey – father.


One of the notable Battles with a large loss of Suffolk life was the “Battle of Suffolk Hill” at Colesberg, Northern Cape 5th- 6th January 1900. The hill was originally called Red or Grassy Hill. The Suffolk Regiment was ordered to make a night attack on a Boer position on the heights, four companies, 354 of all ranks, set out at midnight under the command of Col. Watson. The Suffolks were met by a storm of bullets. The Colonel was amongst the first to fall, and the party later retired with 11 officers and 150+ men killed, wounded or captured.

The Boer War.

Suffolk Regiment 

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