Maj. Norman Chetwynd Rollo A Compagnie 6th K.O.S.B.

Discussion in 'Searching for Someone & Military Genealogy' started by Jonesy123, Aug 14, 2013.

  1. Jonesy123

    Jonesy123 Junior Member

    Hi Guys.

    I need your help again. Everybody helped me a lot with my first search of a Canloan officer died near my home at "Lock 6" near the Kempisch Canal.
    In this search I found out another officer died at the nearby "Lock 7" at the Kempisch Canal. It was Maj. Norman Chetwynd Rollo. He got shot the 14th September 1944 and died the 15th. I'm pretty sure he is mentioned in the book "Lion Rampant" (page 124 - ) But in this book he has the name "Duncan" ?
    I'm trying to find out more about him, pictures etc.
    I already have the diary of that day but doesn’t' mention much.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce Patron

  3. KevinBattle

    KevinBattle Senior Member

    Just an aside, but my old Hockley RBL Pipes and Drums Band manager was tasked with all the interments at Geel and surrounding areas and was based there.
    I can confirm that Major Rollo (A Company?) and all others were laid to rest with the utmost dignity. We have performed at the Cemetery on several occasions as there are strong bonds of friendship with Len and the good people of Geel.

    Major Norman Chetwynd Rollo was born on 8 January 1918. He was the son of Major John Eric Henry Rollo, 12th Lord Rollo of Duncrub and Helen Maud Chetwynd-Stapylton. He died on 15 September 1944 at age 26, killed in action. He was educated Eton.
     
  4. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

  5. Jonesy123

    Jonesy123 Junior Member

    Guys.
    I looked into the diarry of the 6th K.O.S.B. it mentions the death of maj. Rollo but I also want to know how many others had died that day. I can check the common wealth grave commission and it gives me a clue but can I find this information somewhere else? Just to be certain?
     
  6. KevinBattle

    KevinBattle Senior Member

    ... and thanks to Geoff's Search Engine taa raah
    001 BAIRD D 6976841 6TH BN 14/09/1944 KING'S OWN SCOTTISH BORDERERS
    002 MCNULTY J 1436124 6TH BN 15/09/1944 KING'S OWN SCOTTISH BORDERERS
    003 POWELL M 3197562 6TH BN 15/09/1944 KING'S OWN SCOTTISH BORDERERS
    004 RENTON JT 3190016 6TH BN 14/09/1944 KING'S OWN SCOTTISH BORDERERS
    005 ROLLO NC 71972 6TH BN 15/09/1944 KING'S OWN SCOTTISH BORDERERS
    006 STEELE J 3601075 6TH BN 15/09/1944 KING'S OWN SCOTTISH BORDERERS
    007 TAYLOR DG 14436448 6TH BN 15/09/1944 KING'S OWN SCOTTISH BORDERERS
    I used both dates as he was wounded on 14th but died next day.
     
  7. Jonesy123

    Jonesy123 Junior Member

    Thanks Kevin.
    In the book "Lion Rampant" from Robert Woollcombe who replaced Maj. Rollo when he died he mentions 2 KIA. So this just has to be BAIRD D 6976841 and RENTON JT 3190016. It is a bit strange they are buried in a cemetery so far away from Geel...
     
  8. Jonesy123

    Jonesy123 Junior Member

    This thread can be closed.....
    We are now 7 years later.... I did find a picture of Major Rollo and also was able to get in contact with his family.
    I even was able to get in contact with the daughter of Sir Woollcombe, writer of one of the best books I ever read: Lion Rampant.

    A while ago, together with the city Geel (Belgium) we erected a new monument at the place where Major Rollo, CO of A Coy, 6 K.O.S.B. was mortally wounded and two other ranks were killed.

    The Rollo clan was present and they brought along his MC.

    norman Rollo.jpg 2 foto inleidng.jpg Mc.JPG
     
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