William ROLFE

William James Rolfes was the butler at Weeting Hall when he enlisted with the 4th Norfolk Regiment on 16th June 1916. Due to his age, 38 years 5 months on enlistment, William was considered unlikely to be fir for front line service so was moved into the service batallions. Initially with the 61st Provisional Batallion, which later became the 11th Norfolks, He was transferred to the Highland Light Infantry 21st Bn on 18th July 1917.

After embarkation leave in June 1918, William was transferred to the 22nd Battalion, which was then incorporated in to the 10th Bn. Embarkation to France followed on 5th July 1918.

On 26th October 1918 William was transferred again, this time to the 46th Agricultural Company of the Labour Corps. He remained with this unit until sent to Wimbledon for disperals in February 1919. Demobilization followed on 20th March 1919.

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