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Roland Dalton (Service no. 14953) was a First World War soldier with links to Sumner

Portrait of Roland Dalton. Auckland War Memorial Museum, online cenotaphRoland Dalton was the son of George Edward Dalton and  Annie Dalton (formerly known as Tomes). Roland was born in Christchurch on 3 June 1895, and had an older brother Stanley Presgrave. The family resided in Redcliffs on Sumner Road, and the boys attended the Redcliffs School.

In his service records Roland was described as being 5 foot, 11 ¾ inch tall with light blue eyes and fair hair.

Before enlisting he worked as a shepherd for J. McCrae, Manager of the  Mesopotamia Sheep Station, Mt. Somers, and had previously worked for a number years on Mr G. Gerard’s stations.

Roland started  his military journey as part of the Western Front campaign. He embarked upon the Tahiti or Maunganui leaving from Wellington on the 26th June 1916 and arriving in England on 22 August.  He was part of the 14th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry battalion, C Company. He marched to Sling Camp, then proceeded to France on 26 September 1916.

Roland was killed in action in Mesen, West Flanders, on the 13 June 1917. He was 21 years old.

He is remembered on the Messines Ridge (New Zealand) Memorial, theTimaru Memorial wall, Geraldine War Memorial, and the Sumner War Memorial Plaque.


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Roland Dalton

First Names:Roland
Last Name:Dalton
Place of Birth:Christchurch