Neville Alan Rollason( our great uncle)m Mary Cumstie , also War Record, (Son of Abel Rollason)

Neville Rollason was the son of Abel Rollason, and Abel was the brother of Thomas Rollason our great great grandfather.

Neville Rollason marries Mary Agnes Cumstie: See below the Cumstie Family Tree by John Monaghan

Cumstie Family Tree 2015 rollason

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/DA09063/

Alexander Cumstie( above )  a casualty of WW1 1895-1916 son of Arthur Patrick Cumstie 1864-1947

(Neville Rollason was born in 1895- 1976 and married Mary Agnes Cumstie(1891-1958.) at Melbourne Grammar 16/11/1921.

Later, Neville would marry Katherine Elizabeth Houston (b.1909-) , in 1962,who happened to be a relative of Jack Houston who married our Aunt Mary Nee Rollason. According to Mary, some members of the Rollason family were not happy about that!

Neville had  4 children :

Robert Cumstie (1922-1969), *Joan Mary (1923-1981)m Brian Monaghan (1925-2006), Kenneth Neville Cumstie (1928-), and David Cumstie(1930-1949).

* Thanks to John Monaghan who has give us much information including the Cumstie Family tree amongst other Rollason family trees. ( John is the son of Joan and Brian Monaghan)

Neville was in the V.F.L Geelong 1921-2, 5 Sen games, Guernsey No. 5, 6’2″ 12st. 7lb. recruited to Fairfield, Staff E.S. & A. Bank Ltd. Geelong, Ballarat and St. Arnaud, Mgr. Windsor Victoria. Retired Merimbula N.S.W; Inaugural Captain Pambula -Merimbula Gold Club.

War Record:

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/P07586.004/

Lt Neville Rollason middle at the back row

Neville joined the 6th battalion formed in 1914, part of the Australia 2nd Brigade, first Division. It’s Unit patch colour was purple over red and its march was “Waltzing Matilda”. Its motto was “Always ready”. This 6th battalion was completely recruited from Melbourne and suburbs to the north.

military cross

Military Cross earned by Neville Rollason

neville rollason military cross efforts 1915

neville rollason enlistment

NEVILLE ALAN ROLLASON

B. HEIDELBERG VICTORIA, 16.2. 1895

CIVIL OCCUPATION : BANK CLERK

SERIAL # 150

1ST DIVISION AIF: 6TH BATTALION, 2ND BRIGADE – “B” BOY TO START
ENLISTED : 17.8.1914

SERGEANT 7.6.1915
2ND LIEUTENANT 13.12.15
LIEUTENTANT 14.7.1916 ( MILITARY CROSS JULY 1916 – POZIERES, FRANCE )
CAPTAIN 20.11.1917

neville rollason military cross

NEVILLE WAS OF THE 6TH BATTALION , 2ND BRIGADE ( VICTORIA ) WHO TOOK PART IN THE 25TH APRIL 1915 ANZAC LANDING AS PART OF THE SECOND WAVE.

TEN DAYS IN TO THE LANDING , THE 2ND BRIGADE WAS TRANSFERRED FROM ANZAC TO CAPE HELLES TO HELP IN THE ATTACK ON THE VILLAGE OF KRITHIA.(133 men were lost in this battle).

THE ATTACK CAPTURED LITTLE GROUND AND COST THE BRIGADE ALMOST A THIRD OF ITS STRENGTH. ON THE 4TH MAY , 1915 NEVILLE WAS WOUNDED IN THE HEAD AT THE DARDONELLES.(KRITHIA) . NEVILLE STAYED AWAY FOR ONE MONTH. HE RETURNED TO GALLIPOLI AND THEN WAS EVACUATED DECEMBER 1915.

(THE VICTORIAN BATTALIONS RETURNED TO ANZAC TO HELP DEFEND THE BEACHHEAD, AND IN AUGUST THE 2ND BRIGADE FOUGHT AT THE BATTLE OF LONE PINE. )

NEVILLE PROCEEDED TO THE EGYPT CANAL ZONE

MARCH 1916- THE BATTALION PROCEEDED TO FRANCE AND THE WESTERN FRONT WITH THE FIRST DIVISION.  THE BATTALION WAS HEAVILY INVOLVED IN OPERATIONS AGAINST THE GERMAN ARMY. THE BATTALION’S FIRST MAJOR ACTION IN FRANCE WAS AT POZIERES IN THE SOMME VALLEY . HE WAS WOUNDED IN THE THIGH IN 31/7/1916.

NEVILLE EARNED THE MILITARY CROSS AT POZIERES , JULY 1916, WHEN WOUNDED IN THE RIGHT THIGH, HE REMAINED AT HIS POST AND SUPERVISED THE DIGGING OF THE TRENCH. HE WAS THE ONLY REMAINING OFFICER OF THE COMPANY SINCE THE OTHER OFFICERS WERE ALL WOUNDED. HE KEPT THE SPIRITS OF HIS MEN UP DURING A VERY INTENSE BOMBARDMENT.

HE WAS DISCHARGED 30.8.1916 , PREVIOUSLY SENT TO HOSPTIAL ON THE 4/8/1916.

NEVILLE PROCEEDED BACK TO FRANCE IN FEBRUARY 1917. THE BATTALION PARTICIPATED IN OPERATIONS THAT FOLLOWED UP THE GERMAN WITH DRAWL TO THE HINDENBERG LINE, AND THEN RETURNED TO THE EAST YPRES.

NEVILLE WENT TO OFFICER’S HOSPITAL 19. 5. 1917 , THEN REJOINED HIS BATTALION IN JUNE 1917 , RETURNING TO HOSPITAL, SICK ON THE 20TH OCTOBER 1917 WITH LEAVE TO THE UK.
17.11.1917. NEVILLE WOULD HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THE YPRES BATTLE OF MENIN RED. SEPT. 1917. ( HE WAS PROMOTED TO CAPT. 22/11/1917).

THE BATTLE OF POLYGON WOOD (26TH SEPT TO 3RD OCTOBER ), BROODSEINDE 4TH OCTOBER 1917 AND PASSCHENDALE FIRST BATTLE ON THE 12TH OCTOBER. NEVILLE COULD HAVE ALSO PARTAKEN IN.

7.9.18: TRAINING BATTALION, UK UNTIL 16/10/1918.17/11/17: ON LEAVE AT UK.

Summary : 6th Battalion battle honours: Somme 1916, Somme 1918, Pozieres, Bullecourt, Ypres 1917, Menin Road, Polygon Wood, ( may have fought alongside Philip Rollason!Tim’s Uncle),Broodseinde, Poelcappelle, Passchendale, Lys, Hazebouck, Amiens, Albert 1918, Hindenberg LIne, Epehy, France and Flanders 1916-1918, Helles, Krithia, Anzac , landing at Anzac, Defence at Anzac, Sulva.

August 1918 6th battalion at Amiens

20.10.18 RETURNED TO AUSTRALIA SPECIAL LEAVE H.T “D28”.

The Argus (Melbourne)                   Tuesday 8th June 1915  (page 6)

(Section Headed)   The Toll of War – Australians Who Have Fallen

Sergeant N. A. Rollason

Lance-Sergeant Neville Alan Rollason (wounded) is the eldest son of Dr. A. Rollason of Heidelberg. He was educated at King’s College, Clifton Hill, and at the Melbourne Grammar School. He was a cadet at the college and was lance-corporal in the 55th Collingwood Rifles when war broke out, being promoted to lance-sergeant at Broadmeadows. He was employed at the Royal Bank, Collins street. He celebrated his 20th birthday in Egypt, and was offered a commission in Lord Kitchener’s army, but refused, preferring to stay with his company.

The Argus (Melbourne)                   Monday 28th June 1915  (page 5)

(Section Headed)   War Day by Day: Gallant Deeds of Soldiers at Gallipoli

Given a “Tough Job”            Fighting at Point Helles

Lance-Sergeant Neville Rollason, son of Dr. Rollason of Heidelberg, writes to his parents from Imtarfa Hospital, Malta, on May 21 as follows:

“As you will probably have seen in the casualty lists, I am in hospital, wounded in the head by a Turkish bullet. I had a fortnight’s experience of fighting before I was hit,

so I shall have some great yarns to tell of active service. We were in the trenches for three days after landing before we were relieved, and, as we had no overcoats or oilskins, you can guess how cold the nights were. We could not get any sleep, except in the day-time, because the Turks kept at us all night long and gave us no rest.

We stayed in one position for about ten days, and then we were quietly taken to the beach and put on boats. We travelled all night, and, as the sun was getting up, we arrived at Point Helles, at the mouth of the Dardenelles.

We (the 2nd Infantry Brigade, Victoria) had made such a name for ourselves at Gaba Tepe that the ‘heads’ decided to give us a tough job down with the Tommies and the French. We had a well-earned rest for two days, and then on Saturday afternoon, May 7, we marched to the firing line. We waited until 4 o’clock, and then attacked the enemy, advancing under a terrible fire of rifles, machine-guns and shrapnel for a distance of 800 yards. When I say ‘we,’ I mean the others, for I only got 600 yards, when I got in the way of a Turkish machine-gun. I stopped one on the top of the head, one grazed my shoulder, and one went right across my back. The one in the head bled a good deal before it could be bandaged up.

Seven other chaps were either killed or wounded just next to me, and it was a veritable death-trap. We lay flat for an hour and a half, and during that time we were being fired at incessantly. I got my cap shot off by another bullet, so you can see I was very lucky. However, I managed to crawl back with another chap who had his jaw broken by an explosive bullet.”

Neville Rollason WWI

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