James Leonard ROLLS

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ROLLS, James Leonard

Service Number: 3625
Enlisted: 7 July 1915
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 24th Infantry Battalion
Born: Prahran, Victoria, Australia, July 1893
Home Town: Balaclava, Port Phillip, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Draper
Died: Killed In Action, Bullecourt, France, 3 May 1917
Cemetery: Queant Road Cemetery, Buissy
Grave • VIII. G. 26. INSCRIPTION I ONCE WAS LOST BUT NOW AM FOUND ALWAYS IN THE HEARTS OF HIS LOVING FAMILY , Queant Road Cemetery, Buissy, Nord Pas de Calais, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

7 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3625, 23rd Infantry Battalion
5 Jan 1916: Involvement Private, SN 3625, 23rd Infantry Battalion
5 Jan 1916: Embarked Private, SN 3625, 23rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Afric, Melbourne
14 Mar 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 24th Infantry Battalion
26 Aug 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 3625, 24th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières , GSW left thigh and left shoulder (serious)
24 Feb 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 24th Infantry Battalion
3 May 1917: Involvement Lance Corporal, SN 3625, 24th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

A burial ceremony was held at the CWGC’s Queant Road Cemetery, France at 2pm on Monday 12 November 2018 for Lance Corporal Rolls and Private MacBeth of the 24th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force.

Lance Corporal James Leonard Rolls and Private Hedley Roy MacBeth died together on 3 May 1917, killed by artillery fire while sheltering in a dugout on the side of a railway embankment during the Second Battle of Bullecourt.

 

Their bodies were recovered by CWGC staff in 2015 and identified by the Australian Army’s Unrecovered War Casualties team in June 2018. They were  buried with full military honours .

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

Born James Lennox Rolls. He was 23 and the son of James Lennox Rolls and Laura Rolls (nee Allen); husband of Emily Cecilia Rolls (nee Brown).

His burial has yet to take place, but is scheduled for Monday 12th November 2018.

He was previously commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial; his name will be removed when the appropriate panel is next replaced.