ROLL, Joseph Alexander

1878 - 1959

Joseph Alexander Roll was born at Lambeth, Surrey on 5 January 1878, eldest son and second child of Robert Thomas Roll (1843-1897), a mill stone dresser, who was born at Gorleston, then in Suffolk, and his Scottish born wife Isabella née Sandilands (c1847-1933), who married at Bermondsey, London in 1875. In 1881, Joseph was a 3-year-old, living at 26 Skiers Street, West Ham, Essex with his parents, 38-year-old Robert and 34-year-old Isabella, with his sibling sister Catherine 4. By 1891 they had moved to 8 Carlton Grove, Camberwell and ten years later down the road to 37 Culmore Road when Joseph was a 23-year-old metal designer and where his father died later that year, aged 59. In 1911, a 28[sic] year-old manager at timber mills, living at Stow Road, Elmswell, Suffolk with his 60-year-old widowed mother, and from which time he deducted at least three years from his age. In 1918 gazetted 2nd Lieut. in the 2nd Volunteer Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment. A watercolour landscape painter and a member of Ipswich Art Club 1913-1915 exhibiting from Buttenhaugh Green, Elmswell in 1913, two works 'The Railway Bridge, Gorleston' and 'Beach at Evening, Gorleston'. In 1921 a 39-year-old 'timber buyer' living at The Green, Elmswell with his mother but in the early 1930s he was living at Fingringroe, Essex and in 1939, giving his date of birth as 5 January 1886, a commercial artist, living at 1 Snipe Cottage, Clopton, Woodbridge, Suffolk. Joseph Alexander Roll does not appear to have married and died at Clopton in 1959, aged 78[sic].