Samuel Rollason came from Blackheath and enlisted in the Worcester Territorials. He joined the 1/7th Battalion which had been closely engaged in the 1916 Battle of the Somme. In August 1917 they were required to join the fierce Third Battle of Ypres. They took over trenches near St. Julien beside the Steenbeek and were engaged in three actions in 10 days. The first on the 16th failed, the second on the 20th, with the help of seven tanks, succeeded but the last in continuous heavy rain on the night of the 26th August caused many casualties. Among those killed in action on the 27th August was Private Samuel Rollason. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot, Blackheath and Halesowen Memorials.
ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH,High St,Halesowen,Dudley,West Midlands,B63 3BB,England, B63 3BB
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