Captain Cecil Francis Burney Rolt, 23rd Hussars, the Royal Armoured Corps

April 6, 2020

 

Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1945, Captain Cecil Francis Burney Rolt, 23rd Hussars, the Royal Armoured Corps., was killed in action near Stolzenau in Germany.

Born in South Africa, Captain Rolt was the son of the Very Reverend Cecil Henry Rolt, Dean of Cape Town. Educated at Lancing College in West Sussex , he went on to study at Grenoble University, after which he attended the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. He was commissioned in the Royal Armoured Corps in December of 1940.

The 23rd Husssars arrived in Normandy in January of 1945. Two months later they crossed the German border at Velno, and after crossing the Dortmund/Ems canal they advanced to the River Weser. Captain Rolt lost his life near the town of Stolzenau when his tank was hit during an enounter with enemy units. He is buried in the Becklingen War Cemetery in Lower Saxony, Germany, and is remembered on the memorials at Sandhurst and Terling in Essex.

Cecil, raised in South Africa and Terling, was 24 years old and had been married for seven weeks.

 

 

 

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