Stuart Peter Rolt
A 1905 portrait of Holt by John St Helier Lander
29 July 1862|
Marylebone, Middlesex, England
|Died||8 May 1933
St Asaph, Denbighshire, Wales
|Years of service||1884–1918|
|Commands held||14th Infantry Brigade
|Battles/wars||Second Boer War
First World War
|Awards||Companion of the Order of the Bath|
Brigadier-General Stuart Peter Rolt CB (29 July 1862 – 8 May 1933) was a British Army officer who became Commandant of the Royal Military College Sandhurst.
Stuart Rolt was the son of Peter Rolt, a Conservative MP. He was commissioned into the York and Lancaster Regiment in 1884, and saw service in the Second Boer War, commanding the Rhodesia Regiment, where he was wounded in action. In 1911 he was appointed to command of 14th Infantry Brigade, in 5th Division; when the First World War broke out in July 1914, he took it to France as part of the British Expeditionary Force.
14th Brigade saw heavy action in the early stages of the war, being almost constantly engaged in combat for two months. In October, he was recalled from command on the grounds of exhaustion – though the corps commander was at pains to note that no stigma was to be placed on this move, and that he had in no way failed. He did not receive a new field command, but was instead became Commandant of the Royal Military College Sandhurst until August 1916, when he was appointed to command 170th Brigade in the 57th Division, a position he held until it was sent overseas. He retired in December 1918.
Personal life and family
Stuart Peter Rolt married Evelyn Roylance Court, daughter of William Roylance Court and Mary Carlaw Walker, in 1912. They had four children, Pamela Rolt, Suzanne Phyllis Rolt, Sybil Mary Rolt and Tony Rolt, later a racing driver.
- ROLT, Brig.-Gen. Stuart Peter. (2008). In Who Was Who 1897–2007.
- Stuart Peter Rolt, by John Bourne. Centre for First World War Studies.
|Commandant of the Royal Military College Sandhurst