GUN 187, 929X5
Memoirs of Captain Arthur Neville-Rolfe describing his experiences during the First World War, compiled 1956-1958.
- 1915-1918 (Creation)
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Arthur Neville-Rolfe, born 1888, was the son of Alfred Neville-Rolfe and Ada Wilson. Based with the 5th Gurkhas in India 1907-1914, he embarked from Karachi for Marseilles in October 1914 to join the 8th Battalion Gurkhas on the Western Front. Having been wounded twice, he returned to India in 1915 and was then sent to Mesopotamia, where he was stationed near Baghdad. From early 1918, he was appointed staff captain at Hilla, 80 miles south of Baghdad. By mid 1918, he was back with the 5th Gurkhas. In May 1919, the battalion returned to India, but he was invalided home.
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Received by the Norfolk Record Office on 6 July 2001 (ACC 2001/93). List completed on 19 July 2001 (JR).
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Neville-Rolfe wrote these reminiscences as a series of articles for the newsletter of the 5th Royal Gurkha Rifles. Describes voyage from India to Marseilles; course in using 'jampot' and 'hairbrush' bombs; hospitalisation after he was wounded and convalescence at Heacham, where he witnessed the first Zeppelin raid on England, January 1915; offensive at Neuve Chapelle, where he escorted 400 German prisoners to divisional headquarters and delivered ammunition up the line, 1915; being wounded again, 1915; posting to Mesopotamia, 1917-1918; the siege of the town of Nejaf, Turkey, the murder of the town's political officer and Neville-Rolfe's task to arrange the murderer's hanging, 1918; and leave in Ceylon, 1918.
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Created 11/11/2005 by Droip. Modified 02/01/2019 by Catherine.Collins.