Leopold Francis William ROLFE


ROLFE, Leopold Francis William

Service Numbers: Not yet discovered
Enlisted: 6 July 1915, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: Not yet discovered
Born: Ockendon, Essex, England, 18 May 1896
Home Town: Blackburn, Whitehorse, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Died of Illness (enteric & pneumonia), Melbourne, Victoria, 18 July 1915, aged 19 years
Cemetery: Box Hill General Cemetery, Victoria
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Blackburn Memorial, Shire of Nunawading Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

6 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, Melbourne, Victoria
24 Jul 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private

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Leopold Francis William Rolfe was born on 18 May 1896 at Kemps Farm, Ockendon, Essex, England. He was the youngest child of William Edward L'Oste Rolfe and Mary Ann Ellen Collyer.

He arrived in Albany, Western Australia with his mother and sisters on board the ship Medic on 25 April 1910. The family comprising 7 sons and 4 daughters farmed at Dumbleyung, Pingelly and Beverley in Western Australia before moving to Blackburn in Victoria prior to the outbreak of World War I.

All surviving sons enlisted in the Australian Army, 1 rejected but the other saw service at Gallipoli, Middle East and Europe. All serving brothers survived the war.

Leopold enlisted on 6 July 1915 at Melbourne having had experience with the 10th Light Horse in Western Australia. He ws promoted to Corporal. While serving at the 3rd Squadron Depot at Seymour, in Victoria, he contracted Enteric Fever and Broncho pneumonia and died at the Base Hospital in St Kilda Road, Melbourne at 11.45pm on 24 July 1915.

Leopold was buried at the Box Hill Cemetery, Middleborough Road, Box Hill, Victoria in the Church of England area, Grave Number 817. The grave is a Commonwealth War Grave and supports a brass plaque.

His family received the memorial scroll and plaque and a mesage from the King.