File GUN 190, 1033X9 - Scrapbook of Admiral Ernest Neville Rolfe.

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GUN 190, 1033X9


Scrapbook of Admiral Ernest Neville Rolfe.


  • 1884-nd [2014] (Creation)

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Ernest Neville-Rolfe entered the Royal Navy in June 1861. He was naval aide-de-camp to Sir Garnet Woolsey during the Ashanti War at the Battle of Amoaful in 1874. In 1876 he took part in operations up the Niger. He commanded the 'Euryalus' during the Egyptian War of 1882. He also commanded the naval brigade during naval and military operations in Sudan and was present at El Teb and Tamaai. He accompanied Admiral Sir W. Hewett on his mission to Abyssinia, when he was mentioned in naval and military despatches. For these services he was promoted to Captain and made a CB. He was promoted to Vice-Admiral in 1903 and gazetted Admiral in retirement in 1907. He married Janet Brand but the couple had no children.

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Contains press cuttings and photographs relating to the British Sudan Campaign, 1884, including reports from Souakim [Souakin], articles on the Battles of El Teb and Tamasi [Tamaai], and about the relief of Tokar, and reports on Admiral Sir William Hewett's special mission to King John of Abyssinia, 1884 (Neville-Rolfe was one of the party). With illustration from 'The Engineer' showing damage to the starboard engine room of the SS 'City of Paris' following an accident (Margaret Torrey née Neville-Rolfe was on board; see GUN 196), 1890, and watercolours of cousin Charlie Stewart in the park at Heacham and of cousin Audrey Stewart.

Also includes the following loose papers:
Press cuttings reporting on the accident to the SS 'City of Paris', 1890.
Watercolours of Park House drawing room painted as Christmas cards, 1885 (2 cards), pen and ink drawings of Palazzo Capponi, Florence, 1885 (2 cards); watercolours of a Parsee [Parsi], a woman selling bananas, a cockatoo, and a tower of silence, with plan (3 cards).
Press cutting from 'The Philadelphia Inquirer' showing Dr Helen Ingleby and Dr Stanley Reimann at the sixth annual Cancer Forum, 1939, in envelope addressed to Miss Black, Heacham.
Valentine card with decorative perforated border, addressed to Sarah L. Spinney with acrostic poem to her, nd [19th century].
Copy of notes on the Fawcett genealogy, 1781, made by Lieutenant Colonel H. Farrer from original at Scaleby Castle, Cumbria, nd [19th century], with typescript note of mentions of the family in Rolfe Family Records, nd [late 20th century-2014].
Letter, N.S. Hubbard to unidentified recipient [possibly Charles F. Torrey] offering engraved views of the London Docks, with copy reply, 1923.
Irate copy reply from an unidentified American [possibly Charles F. Torrey] to a request for money, nd [early-mid 20th century].
Letter, Everard Gunther sending items to Gerald [Torrey] which included a letter from Margaret Torrey on the SS 'City of Paris', 1890 [see GUN 196], 1940.

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Some pages are loose; the text block is detached from the front board of the binding. The top section of the page containing the watercolour of Audrey Stewart has been cut out. The volume has a protective cloth cover.

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