Captain Rosslyn Curzon Evelegh

Date of Birth 13 May 1885
Age at Death 29
Date of Death 19 September 1914
Service Number
Military Service 2nd Battalion Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Merton Address 5 Lansdowne Road, Wimbledon
Local Memorial Wimbledon Parish Church

Additional Information

Born in Lancashire on 13 May,1885, Rosslyn was the son of Colonel Frederick Evelegh of the 52nd Regiment and Moriet Evelegh (nee Creagh). He had at least one sibling - a brother.

Rosslyn followed in the military tradition of his family. He was educated at Hinwick House, Rugby, before entering the Royal Military College at Sandhurst. He was gazetted as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1903 and promoted to Lieutenant in 1905. By 1911 he was living in barracks in Kent and secured the rank of Captain on 22 March, 1914, just a few months before the outbreak of war.

An officer in the 2nd Battalion of the Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, Rosslyn was killed at the Battle of the Aisne, barely a month into the conflict. He is commemorated with a monumental inscription at Wimbledon Parish Church. His uncle Edmund George Evelegh was also killed during the Dardanelles campaign of 1915.

Although Rosslyn does not appear to have lived in Merton himself, his grandfather Colonel Frederick Evelegh of the Royal Marines, lived in Wimbledon for over twenty years. It is also likely that some of Rosslyn’s aunts and uncles were still living locally at the time of his death.


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