ROLLESTON, John Christopher
(Service number 7/391)

First Rank Trooper Last Rank


Date 4 December 1877 Place of Birth Linwood, Christchurch

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Tiroa
Occupation Sheep farmer
Previous Military Experience Geraldine Mounted Rifles - left district
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs Elizabeth Mary ROLLESTON (mother), care of F. J. ROLLESTON, Solicitor, Timaru
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation Main Body
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Canterbury Mounted Rifles
Date 16 October 1914
Transport Tahiti or Athenic
Embarked From Wellington Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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Date Reason

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Post-war Occupations



Date 22 May 1956 Age 79 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Takapau Cemetery, Hawke's Bay
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

John Christopher Rolleston, born on 4 December 1877 at Linwood, Christchurch, was the 7th of nine children and the youngest son of William and Elizabeth Mary (née Brittan) Rolleston.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [14 July 2016]; Press, 17 August 1914, Evening Star, 18 August 1915, King Country Chronicle, 30 October 1915, 8 November 1916, Timaru Herald, 25 January 1917 (Papers Past) [09 & 14 July 2016]; Takapau Cemetery burial records & headstone image (Central Hawke's Bay District Council) [14 July 2016]

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