Rowland Edmund Naylor came from a wealthy family. Census records from 1901, when Rowland was 6 years old, list his father as a Private Banker, and reveal that Rowland lived at Elmwood, Yew Tree Road (then in the parish of Allerton) with his father, mother, twin brother Hugh, as well as a cook, nurse, parlour maid, two housemaids, a kitchenmaid, and a gardener. By the time Rowland went off to war, his family lived in Leigton Hall, Welshpool, Mont.
He served with the 1st Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. He was killed in action on May 16, 1915 at Festubert, aged 21. He is buried in Guards Cemetery, Windy Corner, Cuinchy.