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Tracing Your Roots To Gallipoli

Remembering some of the Bolton men who lost their lives in the Gallipoli Campaign of 1915

Roland Foster

Roland FosterBolton Journal and Guardian 1 October 1915

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.

Roland was the son of Thomas Foster and Ann Catherine (or Katherine) Foster née Jones b.1868.

Roland appeared on census returns as Rowland.

In 1901 Roland 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.

Roland was at that point employed as a general labourer in a paper works.


Name Foster, Roland
Rank Private
Number 11104
Unit 6th Bn
The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
Born Rivington, Lancashire 1893
Enlisted Bolton, Lancashire
25 August 1914
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
27 August 1915
Age 22
Grave or Memorial 7th Field Ambulance Cemetery,
Gallipoli, Turkey
Loyal Nort Lancashire Regiment