Roland Pruett SUTCLIFFE


SUTCLIFFE, Roland Pruett

Service Numbers: Officer, Lieutenant
Enlisted: 14 April 1915
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 6th Infantry Battalion
Born: Ballarat, Vic., 1892
Home Town: Ballarat, Central Highlands, Victoria
Schooling: Humffray Street School, Church of England Grammar School
Occupation: Former Master at Haileybury College / Stationmaster
Died: Influenza, Lahore, India, 20 October 1918
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Alfredton Humffray Street State School Roll of Honor, Haileybury College HB, Karachi 1914-1918 War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

14 Apr 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN Officer, 6th Infantry Battalion
23 Nov 1915: Involvement Lieutenant, SN Officer, 6th Infantry Battalion
23 Nov 1915: Embarked Lieutenant, 6th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Melbourne
Date unknown: Involvement SN Lieutenant, Unspecified Indian Army Units

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of John and Mary Sutcliffe, of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. A teacher, Haileybury College, Brighton, Victoria, Australia. Eldest of three brothers who served.

2nd/35th Sikhs
35th Sikhs

formerly 6th Bn
Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

Commemorated memorial plaque, Christ Church Anglican Cathedral Roll, Ballarat

Commemorated Ballarat Avenue of Honour plaque 897 planted by Miss I Biggs

The late Lieutenant R P Sutcliffe was a former master of Haileybury, and we take this opportunity of paying our tribute to his memory.  He enlisted in the AIF in 1915 and left Australia on the 23rd November of the same year, being O.C. of the 12th Reinforcements of the 6th Infantry Battalion.  He served in Egypt and France, where he witnessed some of the world's greatest battles.  He fought at Pozieres and served on the Somme during 1916, where he was wounded.  At the end of 1917 he received an opportunity of gaining a permanent position as an officer in teh Indian Army, and was transferred from the AIF.  The Authorities sent him to India for training, and he was there for some time when he became a victim to Spanish Influenza, and died at Lahore on the 20th November 1918.  At school he was very popular with the boys, and all held great respect for him; he was also sports master, and under his tuition the eleven and eighteen made rapid progress.  On his leaving the school the boys presented him with a gift to show their appreciation of the work he had done, and every one - boys and masters - felt they had lost a good friend.  His high character and manliness won him favor everywhere he went, and his men who served under him expressed their high admiration for him.  With our tribute to our late master we tender our deepest sympanty to his sorrowing people.

Lt Roland Pruett Sutcliffe, died of influenza at Lahore, India, was a son of Mr and Mrs J. Sutcliffe, of 303 Havelock street. Lt Sutcliffe was in the 6th Battalion. He embarked for the Front on 23rd November, 1915, and had served in Egypt and France, and in December, 1917, was selected for a commission in the Indian Forces of the British Imperial Army. Lt Sutcliffe was 26 years of age, and his untimely death terminated a career that was full of promise. His early educational training was at the Humffray street school, Ballarat East, where he won a scholarship. He continued his educated at the Church of England Grammar School under Mr E. N. Marryat, and was a teacher successively at the Ararat, Caulfield, and Brighton Grammar Schools. At the time of enlistment he was mathematical master at the Hailebury College, Brighton Beach. He was an old member of the Christ Church Cathedral choir, and his death is deeply regretted by his friends and the friends of the family.