Born: 1896, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.
Died: 2nd October 1918; age: 22; KiA whilst acting as a stretcher bearer. Served 4 years & 57 days.
Residence: 125, Ranelagh Road, Ipswich.
Employed: Educational Offices, Ipswich.
Enlistment Details: Location: Ipswich; Date: 7th August 1914; Age: 17 years & 11 months; Occupation: Clerk – Ipswich Education Committee. Signed up for 4 years. Next of Kin: Mr & Mrs C.E. Rolfe, of 15, Avenue Approach, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. Height: 5ft 6 1/2ins.
Service: Home – Ipswich – 7th August 1914 – 21st July 1915 – Mediterranean 22nd July 1915 – 9th February 1916 – Home – 10th February 1916 – 21st September 1916 – B.E.F. France – embarked Southampton 22nd September 1916 with regiment – disembarked – 23rd September 1916. Joined Rouen 24th September 1916 – posted to 88th Field Ambulance in the field 23rd November 1916.
Granted leave to U.K. – 17th November 1917 – 1st December 1917 – 15 days.
Medical: Admitted to Hospital – Enteritis – LalaBaba 2nd September 1915
transferred 14th Casualty Clearing Station, Gallipoli.
Admitted – Dysentery – Malta – 11th September 1915
transferred to H.S. Panama – 27th January 1916
transferred to England H.S. ‘Britannia.’
Rank: Private; Service Number: 473125.
Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps (T.F.), 88th Field Ambulance.
The Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) is part of the British Army providing medical services to all British Army personnel and their families in war and in peace. Together with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, the Royal Army Dental Corps and Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps, the RAMC forms the British Army’s essential Army Medical Services. In combat the men followed the troops over the top into no man’s land suffering losses of 743 officers and 6130 soldiers killed, while delivering medical care to wounded exposed to enemy fire.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 – 1915 Star.
Granted 1st Good Conduct Badge – in the field – 7th August 1916
1901 24, Sedgwick Street, St. Andrew the Lee’s, Cambridgeshire.
Charles was 4 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Charles Edgar Rolfe, 33, a Railway Engine Stoker, born Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.
Elizabeth Caroline Rolfe (nee Crisp), 30, born Bury St. Edmunds.
Joseph William Rolfe, 11, born Bury St. Edmunds.
Lily Florence Rolfe, 8, born Bury St. Edmunds.
1911 19, Avenue Approach, Bury St. Edmunds.
Charles was 14 years old and living with his parents & sister.
Charles, 43, a Railway Engine Driver – G.E.Railway.
Lily, 18, an Assistant to Photographer.
Charles was first employed at the Shire Hall, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.
Charles had written a will leaving all his personal effects to his mother & father. Except a 9ct Gold ring that Charles always wore, this ring and £20 he bequeathed to Miss Eveline Winifred Ridgeway – 183, St. Albans Road, Watford, Hertfordshire.
On the 1st May 1919, Eveline received the 9ct Gold ring & the £20.
On the 29th April 1919, Mr Charles Rolfe received his late son’s personal effects:
Coins 11d, photos, 2 photo cases, 2 watches (1 broken & 1 with strap), 2 pairs scissors, various cards, fountain pen, 2 cap badges, shoulder title, souvenir coin, manicure set in case, charm, 2 Religious charms (1 with charm), divisional emblem, book, cigarette case.
On the 18th May 1922, Mr Charles Rolfe received his late son’s Victory & British War medals.