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Regimental number245
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Address86 Argent Street, Broken Hill, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation36
Height5' 8"
Weight183.5 lbs
Next of kinMrs. W. Rollason, Crystal Street, Broken Hill, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 19 months in the 3rd New South Wales Mounted Rifles, South Africa (Boer War).
Enlistment date24 August 1914
Place of enlistmentMorphettville, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit name3rd Light Horse Regiment, B Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/8/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 22 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Light Horse Regiment
FateReturned to Australia 17 August 1916
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 9 May 1915.

Wounded in action, 2 November 1915 (serious gun shot wound, buttock), and admitted to 13th Casualty Clearing Station; transferred to Egypt from Mudros on board HS 'Galeka'; disembarked, Alexandria, 9 November 1915, and admitted to 21st General Hospital; discharged to Ras el Tin Convalescent Hospital, 27 November 1915; discharged to Overseas Base, Mustapha, 30 December 1915.

Admitted to 1st Dermatological Hospital, Abbassia, 18 February 1916; discharged from hospital, 28 February 1916; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 10 days.

Taken on strength, 1st Light Horse Training Regiment, 8 March 1916.

Admitted to 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital, Tel el Kebir, 27 July 1916 (old gun shot wound, buttock); transferred to 3rd Australian General Hospital, Abbassia, 28 July 1916 (old buttock wound, asthma).

Commenced return to Australia from Suez on board HT 'Borda', 17 August 1916; discharged (medically unfit: gun shot wound, buttock), 5 January 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death12 May 1947
Place of burialWest Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, ROLLASON William

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