Photographs, letter & drawings courtesy of Victoria Beckley


Born: 1891, Ipswich.

Died: 27th November 1917; Age: 26; Died of Dysentery  at No. 40 British General Hospital, Mesopotamia.

Residence: London, Middlesex.

Enlistment Location: West London


Rank: Private; Service Number: G/25094

Regiment: Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment), 2nd Battalion.

Formerly: 29182 Rifle Brigade.


Grave Reference:

E. 8.

Basra War Cemetery,




1901   28, Hay Hill Road, Ipswich.


Roland was 9 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Jabez Woodard, 37, a Paper Bag Maker, born Pulham St. Mary, Norfolk.

Harriet Ethel Woodard (nee Alderton), 37, born Ipswich.

Harry Charles Woodard, 8, born Ipswich.

Violet Elsie Woodard, 2, born Ipswich.

Roland to the right.

1911   3, Withipoll Street, Ipswich.


Roland was 19 years old, an Insurance Agent for Liverpool & Victoria. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Jabez, 47, a Paper Bag Maker.

Harriet, 48.

Harry, 18, a Stone Polisher at a printing works.

Violet, 12.

Frederick Stanley Woodard, 7, born Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Jabez Woodard – father.

Roland kept an extensive diary and scrap book, sending many letters home. 

Howbeit, not all the officers & NCO’s I have met have been bullies. Many of them have been considerate, & have acted towards us as gentlemen, and these are the men we all respect, & would follow to the ends of the earth.

When we joined up, it was to fight for King & Country, but I think that if I am spared to draw my discharge, & shall love no more Kings or Countries.

Home will be the place for me.


Roland is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Margaret’s Church, Ipswich and on the virtual London War Memorial.


A family note: Roland would regularly write to his young brother and send him drawings whilst away.


Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment), 2nd Battalion

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