The Suffolk Archives statement on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its services is available to read here.

Private Arthur Edward Rolfe

22 September 1916
Private Arthur Edward Rolfe s/no 26883 1st Battalion
buried Struma Military Cemetery

Throughout September 1916 the 1st Suffolks were based near the Orljak bridgehead. There was shelling by both sides, though there doesn’t seem to have been much damage or many casualties. Private Rolfe had been one of a party providing cover for a group setting dummies to deceive the enemy. The Bulgarian attack left just one killed.

Arthur Rolfe was born in Layham in 1882. His immediate family were also Layham born, and all involved with the land in some way. In 1911 Arthur is 28, still living with parents Edward and Mary Ann, and working as a jobbing gardener.

In the roll called ‘Soldiers’ Effects’, Arthur’s mother is named as next of kin. It was a year or two before any arrears were finally paid over to the next of kin and Arthur’s father Edward had died in 1920.

Arthur Rolfe's headstone

Arthur Rolfe’s headstone

All the CWGC cemeteries in Salonika are green oases in sometimes dry and dusty surroundings. The view below includes Rolfe’s headstone. He is in the row that seems to end at the bottom of the steps. There are 15 in the row, and his is number 11, counted from the left hand end of the row, and close to the bushy little plant.