Private 12507- Enlisted 29th November 1915 aged 23 yrs 90 days and joined the 21st King‘s Royal Rifles Corps. He was 5 feet 6 ½ inches tall and weighed 130lbs on enlistment.
He was appointed unpaid L/ Corporal on 19th May 1916.
He fought in France and Flanders in Western European Theatre of War.
He was wounded on 5th June 1916 in the field and killed in action on 6th June 1916 (24).
It appears he was shot by a sniper when on duty with a wiring party.
Rowland was born in Bradford in 1892 and his parents were Albert H Rushworth, a foreman electrical engineer and Lizzie Maria Rushworth (nee Parsons) and in 1901 lived at 9 George Street Huddersfield.
In 1911 they lived at 49 Imperial Road Edgerton and Rowland was an assistant managing clerk of Messrs Ramsden, Sykes and Ramsden solicitors in Huddersfield. He joined the church in 1909 and filled many offices with distinction prior to his enlistment. He took a great interest in the Boys Brigade. He had 3 older sisters, Ethel, Florrie and Annie and a younger brother, Percy.
Huddersfield Examiner June 13th 1916
An intimation has been received that Lance Corporal Roland Rushworth of Imperial Road Edgerton, who was in the King’s Own Royal Rifles has been killed in action. Rushworth, who was 24 years of age was assistant managing clerk of Messrs Ramsden, Sykes and Ramsden Solicitors, Huddersfield and had been with the firm for ten years. He was a single man. Lance Corporal Rushworth attended New North Road Baptist Chapel and School where his loss will be deeply felt.
As his father had already died, his effects were sent to his mother L M Rushworth at 49 Imperial Road Huddersfield and included:1 disc, 1 mirror, 1 Toilet Base, 7 photos, 1 fountain pen(broken), 1 diary, 1 pr scissors, 1 belt, 1 purse, 1 wrist watch, 1 photo case, 1 notebook, 1knife,3 letters,2 pencils, 1 locket,1 pair numeral also 4 coins, 1 tube, ink pellets, 1 bundle of correspondence, 1 metal flask, 1 letter base, 1 handkerchief.
His siblings were listed as Ethel Rushworth, Florence Appleyard and Annie Hoyle