Frederick RAPSEY

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ArmsPer chevron embattled Vert and Or in chief two Fleurs de Lys each within a Horseshoe reversed Or and in base a Maltese Cross Azure
CrestA Talbot Sable with wings elevated and addorsed Or resting the sinister forepaw on a Torteau
BadgeRising from Flames proper a Chinese Phoenix displayed Or all within a Wreath per pale of Oak and Walnut Leaves Vert fructed Gold

These arms were granted to Mr Rapsey’s father, the late Lieutenant Colonel Frederick George Gerald Rapsey of the Royal Signals. The allusion are all his. The horseshoes stand for the Colonel’s wife, a Dennett, the meaning of which name being a ‘shoeing smith’. The fleurs-de-lys connect with the Scout Movement in which he was involved, and to France on whose beaches Colonel Rapsey landed on D-Day. A career of thirty years in the Army is represented by the embattled chevron line which also alludes to the roof-form of his house. The Maltese cross speaks of his final posting and his strong faith. The green colouring refers to his habit of recycling. The crest has many personal allusions as well. Colonel Rapsey owned a black Talbot car and was a fearsome left-arm fast bowler, while the wings represent elevation by diligence and can be seen on the Regimental badge.

Granted23rd April 1999 (College of Arms)
AgentWilliam Hunt (Portcullis Pursuivant)
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