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Captain Rolland Walpole
« on: Monday 24 March 08 02:10 GMT (UK) »

I have found this snippet from an Arlington newspaper in 1928 .... I'd love to find out something else about this old soldier ! Is he on any census ?? ... I can't find him !!

 In a Detroit, Michigan, poorhouse sits a soldier of fortune who can authentically lay claim to the following experiences: He saw the charge of the Light Brigade; he was nursed by Florence Nightingale; he was a gun runner for Garibaldi; he pulled the Empress Carlotta out of a ditch by her ankle; he was present at the Indian mutiny.  He is Captain Rolland Walpole, now 100 years old.  On his chest are medals that bear historic names, Crimea, Alma, Balaklava, Inkerman, Sebastapool, Lucknow, Delhi, Peking, and Egypt.

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Re: Captain Rolland Walpole
« Reply #1 on: Monday 24 March 08 15:09 GMT (UK) »
Hi,

Do you think this could be him?

http://www.rootschat.com/links/032l/

You can see the book 'Algoma West' here,

http://www.ourroots.ca/e/toc.aspx?id=4368

and...

St. Thomas Times-Journal
St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada
27 January 1930
Page 3
c8        103rd Birthday - Capt. Walpole Roland, 25 Jan 1930



I think his name is Walpole ROLAND/ROLLAND rather than Rolland WALPOLE.


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Re: Captain Rolland Walpole
« Reply #2 on: Monday 24 March 08 15:38 GMT (UK) »



Daisy !!!! ... you are terrific - thank you !!

I'm amazed .... I was laughing to myself when I read the snippet about his exploits ... reminded me of some of the stories my Dad told - of when he was in India !!  ;D ;D ;D

Good sleuthing !! .... looks like him to me .... can't believe he'd end up in a "poorhouse "  :'(

Thanks again

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Re: Captain Rolland Walpole
« Reply #3 on: Monday 24 March 08 16:03 GMT (UK) »
Hi Annie,

Glad to help :)

He does sound an interesting character, I'd quite like to read his daughter's book 'Under Five Flags' if it can be found.

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Re: Captain Rolland Walpole
« Reply #4 on: Monday 24 March 08 16:11 GMT (UK) »



I Googled him and found a couple of things !! .... I'm still wondering how he got to Detroit Michigan and who did he go to when he went back to Ontario ??  ::)

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And here's the book ........  :D

http://www.rootschat.com/links/032q/

A 46
Ross Munro Matthews fonds

[1970]
2 cm of textual records

Biographical Sketch
Ross Munro Matthews as born in 1909, the son of Isaac Lamont Matthews and Jentie Gordon Munro, and a member of one of Port Arthur's founding families. His father was a successful businessman building up a large department store originating as "Street Bros. Drygoods". Ross was a pediatrician, graduating from the University of Toronto in 1933 and did post graduate work in Boston. He established his practice in Hamilton in 1938. He enlisted in the R.C.A.F. in 1940 and served in 400 squadron overseas. Upon returning in 1945 he joined the Peterborough Clinic where he practiced medicine until his retirement in 1972. He served as President of the Canadian Medical Association in 1969-1970 and was awarded an honourary L.L.D. by Trent University in 1974. He married Barbara Page Brown and had four children. He died in March, 1982.

Scope and Content
Series A 46/1/1 - Memoirs - 216 p.
The unpublished personal memoirs of Ross Munro Matthews, entitled "Oft in the Stilly Night, written for his family. Recounts his growing up in early Thunder Bay, an anecdotal description of Walpole Roland, and accounts of cottage days on Silver Islet, the Cross family, the McKirdys of Nipigon, J.T. Emmerson of Port Arthur, Martha Dickinson (the first female City Clerk), I.L. Matthews, Harwood Matthews, the Munro family, Morson S. Fotheringham and Ross Matthews himself. Includes family tree. This is particularly good on descriptions of familial relationships and childhood in early Thunder Bay.

Additional Information
Custodial History - Formerly catalogued into museum collection 983.59.1 A

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Re: Captain Rolland Walpole
« Reply #5 on: Monday 24 March 08 16:20 GMT (UK) »
www.automatedgenealogy.com has him in 1911:

1911 / Ontario / Thunder Bay and Rainy River / 34 Port Arthur / page 16
he's listed,  dob Jan 1846, 65, widowed, born Scotland, and came to Canada in 1851.

In 1901 he's at:
District:   ON ALGOMA (#44)
Subdistrict:   Rat Portage (Town/Ville) N(2)-1 Page 8

born Jan 27 1830, aged 71, born 'Bengal Ind', came to Canada 1870, English, civil and mining engineer. (at automatedgenealogy.com indexed as Rolaud).

at
District:   ON ALGOMA (#44)
Subdistrict:   Little Turtle Lake Z(3) Page 6
there are two more Rolands - another Walpole and a Fred, perhaps sons? They also say they were born India and came to Canada in 1885.

I tried http://search.fibis.org/ but couldn't see any info on him. Perhaps under another spelling?
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Re: Captain Rolland Walpole
« Reply #6 on: Monday 24 March 08 16:28 GMT (UK) »
I've found 3 entries on 'Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1956 ' one in 1915 and two in 1922. If you can't access this I'll gladly send you the images if you PM me your email address or if you'd prefer I'll transcribe them as best as I can :)

I've been trying to find a copy of 'Under Five Flags' compiled from his diaries by his daughter Marion ROLAND in 1912 but no joy :(


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« Reply #7 on: Monday 24 March 08 16:30 GMT (UK) »

Hi jorose and thank you !!

I couldn't see him at the India Office either !  :-\ but you gave me a lot to work with there !!  :D

Annie  :)
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« Reply #8 on: Monday 24 March 08 16:40 GMT (UK) »


I sent you a PM Daisy ... and I'm looking for the book too .... I'll let you know if I find it !!  :D :D
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