Born: 1885, Copdock, Suffolk.

Baptised: 5th April 1885, Copdock.

Died: 3rd November 1918; age 33: Prisoner of War – Drowned suicide River Elbe.

Rank: Private; Service Number: 126264

Regiment: Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), 25th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War.


Grave Reference:

Mem 2.

Parchin Prisoners of War Cemetery,

Hamburg Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Walter & Mary Rumsey; husband of Edith Maud Lamb (formerly Rumsey), of 111, Belle Vue Road, Ipswich.




1891   Cottages, Tuddenham Rod, Ipswich.


Sidney was 6 years old and living with his parents.

Walter, 35, a Gardener – domestic, born Copdock, Suffolk.

Mary Rumsey (nee Last), 35, born Waldingfield, Suffolk.


1901   433, Bramford Road, Ipswich.


Sidney was 16 years old, a Drapers Assistant. He was living with his parents.

Walter, 45, a Market Gardener – own account.

Mary, 46.


In 1910, Ipswich, Sidney married Edith Maud Gurney, born June 1886, Ipswich. They had 2 children:

Leslie Sidney W. Rumsey, born August 1911, Ipswich.

Doris E. Rumsey, born 1914, Ipswich.


The Machine Gun Corps was formed in October 1915 as the machine gun proved to be held affective as infantry support in trench warfare. Cavalry and Motor branches, followed in 1916 by the Heavy Branch. A depot and training centre was established at Belton Park in Grantham Lincolnshire also a training base depot at Camiers in France .the men were trained to a higher technical standard, capable of stripping down and mending the guns in the field.

The Machine Gun Corps had 62,049 casualties, including 12,498 killed out of 170,500 officers and men earning it the nickname ’the Suicide Club’ manly as machine guns were static or fix positions becoming prime targets for the enemy.

Machine Gun Corps (Infantry),


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