George Rolland

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George Murray Rolland
Victoria Cross Medal without Bar.png
Born 12 May 1869
Wellington, Tamil Nadu, British India
Died 9 July 1910
Nagpur, India
Buried at Takli Cemetery, Nagpur
Allegiance  United Kingdom
 British India
Service/branch  British Army
 British Indian Army
Rank Major
Unit Bedfordshire Regiment
Indian Staff Corps
1st Bombay Grenadiers
Battles/wars Third Somaliland Expedition
Awards Victoria Cross

Major George Murray Rolland VC (12 May 1869 – 9 July 1910) was a recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Early life[edit]

He was born on 12 May 1869 at Wellington India, the son of Major P. M. Rolland, R.A.[1] and educated at Harrow and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, before being commissioned into the Bedfordshire Regiment in November 1889.[2]He transferred to the Indian Staff Corps on the 11 August 1891.[3] He was appointed a double company commander with the 1st Bombay Grenadiers 4 February 1901, and appointed a Special Service Officer on the Staff of the Somaliland Field Force 25 October 1902[4]


He was 33 years old, and a captain in the 1st Bombay Grenadiers, Indian Army, employed Berbera -Bohotle Flying Column during the Third Somaliland Expedition when on 22 April 1903 after the action at British Somaliland, the rearguard got considerably behind the rest of the column. Captain Rolland and William George Walker, with four other men were with a fellow officer when he fell badly wounded and Captain Rolland ran back some 500 yards to get help while the others stayed with the casualty, endeavouring to keep off the enemy who were all round. This they succeeded in doing, and when the officer in charge of the column (John Edmund Gough) arrived they managed to get the wounded man on to a camel. He was, however, hit again and died immediately.[5]

His VC is on display at the Lord Ashcroft Galley in the Imperial War Museum in London.

Later life[edit]

In November 1906, he was appointed the Adjutant of the Nagpur Volunteer Rifles, with whom he was serving when he died from a fall.[6][7] He achieved the rank of major, being promoted 9 November 1907.[8]


  1. ^ Obituary, The Times (London, England), Thursday, Aug 04, 1910; pg. 9; Issue 39342
  2. ^ Indian Army
  3. ^ Indian Army List January 1908
  4. ^ London Gazette 6 October 1903
  5. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27584. p. 4981. 7 August 1903. Retrieved 2 April 2015.
  6. ^ Obituary, The Times (London, England), August 4, 1910; pg. 9; Issue 39342
  7. ^ Indian Army List January 1908
  8. ^ Indian Army List January 1908

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