Roland Walter LINES
Roland was the son of Edgar and Ruby Lines (nee Lord)
He enlisted with the 3rd battalion of the Grenadier Guards - Service Number 2614096.
Roland died on the 19th May 1940 at the age of 20years. He is buried at TOURNAI COMMUNAL CEMETERY ALLIED EXTENSION - grave reference :VI. B. 13.
Guardsman Roland Walter Lines is
REMEMBERED WITH HONOUR
on the Stradbroke War Memorial.
The 3rd Battalion was in the 1st Guards Brigade attached to the 1st Infantry Division, commanded by Major General Harold Alexander. In 1939 as part of The British Expeditionary Force (BEF) the battalion was sent to aid in the defence of France. As the BEF was pushed back by the German blitzkrieg during the battles of France and Dunkirk, this battalion played a considerable role in maintaining the British Army's reputation during the withdrawal phase of the campaign before being themselves evacuated from Dunkirk. By 21 May, the German forces had trapped the BEF. The evacuation of Allied soldiers from the beaches and harbour of Dunkirk, France took place between 26 May and 4 June 1940. Sadly, this came too late for Guardsman Roland Lines.
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