Born: 1896, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.

Died: 2nd October 1918; age: 22; KiA alongside four other comrades whilst acting as a stretcher bearer. Served 4 years & 57 days.

Residence: 125, Ranelagh Road, Ipswich.

Employed: Clerk – Educational Offices, Ipswich Council, Ipswich. Previously employed at the Shire Hall, Bury St. Edmunds.

Enlistment Details: Location: Ipswich; Date: 7th August 1914; Age: 17 years & 11 months. 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.



Home – Ipswich – 7th August 1914 – 21st July 1915

Mediterranean – Gallipoli – 22nd July 1915 – 9th February 1916.

10th February 1916 – contracted Dysentery and spent several months in Hospital in Malta, and was subsequently brought to Mile End Military Hospital, London.

After recovering Charles was sent to Hertfordshire in April 1916 until 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.



Admitted to Hospital – Enteritis – LalaBaba 2nd September 1915 – transferred 14th Casualty Clearing Station, Gallipoli.

Admitted to Hospital – Dysentery – Malta – September 1916 – transferred to H.S. ‘Panama’ – transferred to England H.S. ‘Britannia.’


Charles held the position of violinist as a member of “The Fragments” concert troupe of the 88th Field Ambulance. Whilst in Belgium on the 21st July 1918 he also represented the Second Army in the ten-kilometres’ cross-country race v. the Belgium Army.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 473125.

Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps (T.F.), 88th Field Ambulance.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 – 1915 Star.

Granted 1st Good Conduct Badge – in the field – 7th August 1916


Laid to rest with 4 of his comrades in a British Cemetery well behind the lines. The funeral was conducted by the R.A.M.C.’s padre.

WILLIAM ALFRED HARDWICKE, Corporal, 473267, R.A.M.C., 88th Field Ambulance, aged 40, of Ipswich.

ROBERT HENRY WATSON, Private, 475351, R.A.M.C., 88th Field Ambulance, aged 33, of Newnham Croft, Cambridge.

ERNEST ROBERT GILL, Private, 475147, R.A.M.C., 88th Field Ambulance, aged 26, of Heigham, Norwich.

Photograph courtesy of Liz – niece.

(Jock) HENRY JAMES FORD, Private, 6849, R.A.M.C., 88th Field Ambulance, aged 20, of Aldershot, Hampshire – born Devonport, Devonshire, son of Henry James Ford, a Warrant Officer Sergeant Major, R.A.M.C., and Ann Hall Ford (nee Hume), of Myrtle Villa, Redan Hill, Aldershot, Hampshire.


Grave Reference:


Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No. 3,

West Vlaanderen,





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.

Elizabeth, 40.

Lily, 18, an Assistant to the Photographer.


Charles was educated at the Guildhall Feoffment Boys’ School, Bury St. Edmunds and at the East Anglian School, Bury St. Edmunds. At the time of his death Charles was the 29th ‘old boy’ of East Anglian School to have fallen in the war.


Charles had written a Will leaving all his personal effects to his mother & father. Except for 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.


Soldiers’ Effects to Charles and Elizabeth Rolfe – parents and Miss Eveline Winifred Ridgeway.


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.

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