Charles Frederick Rolland

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 22 August 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1383
  1. Jim Cox

    Charles Rolland was educated at Loretto School in Edinburgh and at Cambridge and Edinburgh Universities. He played first team rugby throughout and obtained first class honours.

    His father, William, a pathologist, was an author of a classic 1917 Lancet paper which first described deaths from what was to become the 1918 influenza pandemic.

    As an accomplished athlete with a love of climbing, Charles joined the Royal Army Medical Corps and volunteered to join the commandos. At the same time, a less adventurous friend of his volunteered to go to India. Not unusually then or now, military wires got crossed and his friend was sent to train as a reluctant commando while Charles set off for India with the Royal West African Frontier Force.

    He was married two weeks before he embarked …

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