Martin ROLLINS

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ROLLINS, Martin

Service Number: 5441
Enlisted: 8 February 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 14th Infantry Battalion
Born: Curlewis, Victoria, Australia, 1892
Home Town: Curlewis, Greater Geelong, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farm Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, Messines, Belgium, 10 June 1917
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave Panel 17
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, East Geelong War Memorial, Leopold State School Honor Roll, Leopold and District Residents Honor Roll, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)
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World War 1 Service

8 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 5441, 14th Infantry Battalion
4 Apr 1916: Involvement Private, SN 5441, 14th Infantry Battalion
4 Apr 1916: Embarked Private, SN 5441, 14th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Euripides, Melbourne
29 Mar 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 5441, Multiple gunshot wounds
11 Apr 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 5441, 14th Infantry Battalion, Bullecourt (First)
10 Jun 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 5441, 14th Infantry Battalion, Messines
8 Feb 1918: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 5441, Enlisted at Geelong

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of John William and Miriam Rollins of 'Sea View', Curlewis, Victoria; brother of Percival John Rollins who was killed in action on 25 March 1917 while serving with the 58th battalion

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Geoff Crapper

Pte. Martin Rollins (No.5441) from Curlewis on the Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria. He was the first soldier killed from the 14th Battalion at the Battle of Messines on 10th June 1917.

The official History of the Battalion reports that, "At 9 pm (9th June 1917) the 14th moved up to the support trenches, the relief (of the New Zealanders) being completed at 4 am next morning. There was some heavy enemy shelling on the 10th, and Pte. Martin Rollins (No. 5441), one of the Headquarters runners, was blown to pieces."
A footnote goes onto say that 2 months earlier Rollins had been buried as the result of an explosion of a mine and evacuated for three days, returning in time to do fine work evacuating our wounded at Bullecourt. 

On 10th June he was sitting outside Battalion Headquarters when he was killed by a direct hit from a German 5.9 inch artillery shell.
His brother Pte. Percival John Rollins (2012) 58th Bn had been killed in action earlier on 25th March 1917. 

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