Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1918, Captain Reginald English Rumsey, The Royal Air Force, died as a result of wounds received seven weeks before the Armistice.
His parents’ only son, he was educated at Meole Brace School in Shrewsbury and was a well-known footballer and athlete in the Border counties. He was commissioned into the 10th (Service) Battalion of the Welsh Regiment and survived the heavy fighting at Mametz Wood, after which he was promoted to Captain and transferred to the Royal Air Force.
On the 28th of September in 1918, his plane crashed and he received severe burns and other grievous injuries. He was taken to the Royal Naval Hospital at Haslar, Gosport, but eventually succumbed to his injuries.
Captain Rumsey’s obituary in the Royal Aeronautical Society magazine states that he “carried out some brilliant observation work over the German lines”. He lies buried in the Shrewsbury General cemetery and on his gravestone are the words: “To us – the loss the emptiness, the pain; but unto him – all high eternal gain”. He is remembered on memorials at the Meole Brace School and St. Chad’s Parish Church in Shrewsbury.
Reginald, from Shrewsbury in Shropshire, was 28 years old and married with a son who followed his father into the Royal Air Force and achieved the rank of Wing Commander.