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11104 Roland FosterRoland Foster was born in Rivington in 1893 and was the son of Thomas Foster and Ann Catherine (or Katherine) (née Jones).

In 1901* he was living at 28 Heavily Grove, Horwich, with his mother and twin brother John and brothers Daniel b.1895 and Henry b.1898.

In 1911 Roland was living at 5 Short Street, Horwich with his by then widowed mother and brothers John, Daniel, Henry and James b.1906. He was at that point employed as a general labourer in a paper works.

Soon after War broke out, on 25th August 1914, Rowland joined the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment at Bolton and was posted into ‘A Company’ of the 6th (Service) Battalion with the number 11104. He sailed for Gallipoli from Avonmouth aboard HMT Braemar Castle on 15th June 1915,  and survived the action at Chunuk Bair on the 9th/10th August 1915 where so many men of his Battalion lost their lives.

Following the events at Chunuk Bair, the remaining 6/LNL men remained in the vicinity of Chailak Dere until the 18th August when they rejoined the 38th Brigade at Aghyl Dere. During the next week several parties of varying sizes were sent back to the fighting to support various other regiments. On the 27th August 1915, the War Diary reports ‘nil’ happened, but it was this day that Roland was killed in action. He may have been fighting alongside the Hampshires, the East Lancs, or the 16th Australian Bn. or have been victim of shell or sniper fire. Private Roland Foster was just 22 years old.

The Bolton Journal and Guardian of 1st October 1915 reported his death;

Horwich Soldier Killed in Action

Mrs. Foster, 4, Taylor-st. has received information from the War Office of the death of her son, Pte. Roland Foster, aged 22, of A Company, 6th Battalion Loyal North Lancashires in the Dardanelles. He enlisted on August 25th last year, and prior to that was a crane driver in the foundry in the Loco. Works. Mrs Foster is a widow and has two other sons in the Army, one, Pte. John Foster, being the twin brother of the dead hero, and is in the 1st Battalion, King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment. He has been at the front for some time, and has been returned to duty after having been wounded.

One of his brothers, either John or James applied for Rowland’s 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Allied Victory Medal which were all subsequently returned for amendment as the surname was misspelled as ‘Foaster’ on the medal rolls. In April 1919 Mr J Foster (a brother) was living at 23 Southern Street, Brownlow Fold, Bolton. His mother Annie received the War gratuity of £3 4s 2d.

* Roland appeared on census returns as Rowland.

Rank: Private
Service No: 11104
Date of Death: 27/08/1915
Age: 22
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 6th Bn.
Grave Reference: Sp. Mem. A. 12.



This article has been reproduced with kind permission from the DBBC young roots heritage project. The young people identified and researched the the servicemen pictured in a 1916 Bolton Journal and Guardian supplement who were killed at Gallipoli. You can visit their website by clicking on the DBBC logo.

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