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Charles James Rumsey – AB Rumsey, Royal Naval Division

Grandfather’s WW1 experiences

My grandfather, Charles James Rumsey, was born in Hammersmith on Easter Sunday 1886 and at the age of 20, he was made redundant as a painter due to a recession.
A rare aerial view of MoD Corsham
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Insight into life at MoD Corsham

In July, marking the centenary of the tragic events that led to the outbreak of the First World War, Richard Broadhead presented a wide-ranging talk about the course of the war and its effects on civilians, particularly those in Wiltshire and…
First World War concert
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First World War commemorative concert held

The Concert to commemorate the First World War was held on 18 October at Corsham School and was a spectacular success. Sponsored by Corsham Area heritage and the Town Council, it was an evocative portrait in words and song of those four years…
The newly cleaned war memorial on Remembrance Day. Little wooden crosses on either side of the Memorial represent those who died in the First World War.
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Corsham commemorates the First World War

The start of the national and international centenary events culminated on Remembrance Sunday with unprecedented interest in the men, stories and events of the Great War, with major services at the Menin Gate in Ypres, at the Cenotaph in…
Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry on exercise during the years before the war

Corsham commemorates First World War

In the last edition of Spotlight we outlined some of the early plans and ideas for local commemorations of the First World War as we approach the centenary of its start. Those plans continue as we learn more about the servicemen who…