Roland Alfred Woodgate

Private G/1852, 2nd Battalion, Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Also GF/1852 and GS/1852 both of the Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Enlisted in Tonbridge for 3 years army service with the colours on the 4th September 1914.

While serving in Belgium and France in October 1916, received a gunshot wound to right leg. Embarked to Basra for the Mesopotamian Expedition in May 1917. Was admitted to Royal George Hospital Ferdina with Influenza and died on the 24th October 1918 aged 28. Buried in the Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery, Iraq .

Born in Oxted, Surrey in approximately 1890. Son of Alfred and Elizabeth Woodgate of Capel Manor Gardens, Horsmonden, Kent , where his father was a Domestic Gardener. Among the surviving fragments* of Roland’s army records Roland’s occupation was listed as Domestic Gardener. The 1915 Electoral Roll shows him living at Hall Place Gardens .

Remembered on the Leigh War Memorial

Last Updated 3 November 2007