Herbert Rumming was born in Corsham in 1892 to John (a quarryman) and Mary Ann (née Simpkins). At the time of Herbert’s birth they lived in Chapel Knapp, later moving to Coppershell, Corsham. The 1911 census records that they had another nine children: Elizabeth, Ernest, Albert, Francis, William, Caroline, Margaret, Sidney and Clarence.
By 1911 Herbert had enlisted in the Royal Horse Artillery and was stationed in Wellington Lines in Aldershot as a driver. His elder brothers, Francis and William, still lived at home with the family and worked for the Avon India Rubber Company.
Herbert arrived in the Dardanelles on 25th March 1915 and saw action during the Gallipoli Campaign.
Records show that Herbert transferred from the RHA to the Army Service Corps in April 1918 and died in the VAD Hospital, Corsham on 22nd July 1919. He was 28 years old.