401391 Pte. George William Rollings


Perth Cemetery (China Wall)

near Zillebeke

Ieper

Belgium



Born in Walthamstow, London, England, in May 1895, to Mr & Mrs James Rollings, latterly of Coburg, Ontario, George was single and a labourer by trade at the time of his attestation, in Windsor, Ontario, on August 5th, 1915.


Originally signing on with the 33rd Battalion, George was transferred to the 4th CMR on May 8th, 1916, four weeks ahead of most (135) of his fellow 33rd Battalion men.


Sadly, it is this earlier transfer that put George in the front line three weeks later, on the morning of June 2nd, 1916, when 176 men of the 4th CMR, including George, were lost at the Battle for Mount Sorrel.


Whilst many were lost without trace, George's body, amongst few, was located after the battle and he now lies at rest as the sole known 4th CMR burial in the Perth Cemetery (China Wall), near Zillebeke, Ieper.




Thanks go to Mike Kavanagh for the biography. The headstone image was supplied courtesy of 4cmr.com