George Somerville Rolfe, born in 1884, was the son of Thomas Rolfe. Thomas was the Rector at Kirk Bramwith. George had lived at the Rectory in Kirk Bramwith before moving over to Canada to work in farming. Unfortunately, George had lost an arm in a farming accident so was unable to enlist in the army.
The passenger ship Lusitania was travelling from America to England on the 7 May 1915 when it was hit and sunk by a German torpedo. The Doncaster Chronicle reported that George was returning home as Canada was suffering heavily because of the war and he had decided to return to his homeland. George was on the Lusitania and was among the almost 2000 passengers who lost their lives.
The Doncaster Chronicle described him as popular among the people of Kirk Bramwith and Doncaster as a whole.
The whole Rolfe family were playing key roles in the war effort. George’s sister was involved with work with the Voluntary Aid Detachment in Doncaster and then moved to nursing at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London. Thomas Rolfe, George’s brother served in the Motor Transport Corps. Another brother, Tenison Rolfe was in Petrograd since the outbreak of war in charge of armoured motor cars. Mr E. W. S. Rolfe, the youngest brother, was not of age for service in 1915.