Rollo Charles Stacpole ALBAN


ALBAN, Rollo Charles Stacpole

Service Number: 682
Enlisted: 13 October 1914
Last Rank: Trooper
Last Unit: 8th Light Horse Regiment
Born: Clapham Common, London SW, England, 20 November 1895
Home Town: Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria
Schooling: Christ's Hospital, Horsham, Surrey, and Royal Military College, Sandhurst, England
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed In Action, Gallipoli, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Turkey, 7 August 1915, aged 19 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing
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World War 1 Service

13 Oct 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 682, 8th Light Horse Regiment
12 Feb 1915: Involvement Private, SN 682, 8th Light Horse Regiment, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
12 Feb 1915: Embarked Private, SN 682, 8th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Armadale, Melbourne
7 Aug 1915: Involvement Trooper, SN 682, 8th Light Horse Regiment, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Rollo Charles Stacpole Alban was the son of Major Clifton Alban and his first wife, Florence Alban.  His father was born in Karachi (then in India) and his mother was born in Colombo (then in Ceylon).  His mother died in 1921 and his father died in 1935.  Rollo Alban was born in Clapham, South West London.

Rollo Alban attended Christs Hospital, a famous independent school at Horsham in England. He also went to the Royal Military College, Sandhurst after but then left for a life in Australia as a farm labourer.  It was not long before he enlisted in Melbourne on 13 October 1914 as a Private. His unit was the 8th Light Horse Regiment, 2nd Reinforcement. He died during the disastrous attack by many of the Regiment at the Nek, Gallipoli 7 August 1918.

His younger brother Lieutenant Clifton Frederick Alban Royal Flying Corps was confirmed killed in action on the 6 April 1917 when his aircraft went missing when flying an RE8 with 59 Squadron in France. He was 23 years old.