Rowland Edmund Naylor

Rowland Edmund Naylor and twin brother Hugh Maxwell  born 25th April 1894  and baptized 19th June 1894 farther  John a banker and mother  Magdalene (nee Tod).Parents Living at Elmwood Allerton.

Rowland was ETON wicket keeper 1912 and 1913, also being a useful batsman. He also played for Montgomeryshire. (Wisden on the Great War)

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 Maxwell, as well as a cook, nurse, parlour maid, two housemaids, a kitchenmaid, and a gardener.

On 1911 census Rowlands mother Madeline a widow (father John died 1906 living with sons John Murray age 22 and Thomas Humphey age 20.with 2 visitors and 12 servants at Leighton Hall, Welshpool, Mont.

Rowland was educated at Eaton and represented at cricket for 2 years between 1912-1913 his wicket keeping was of the highest order he also made useful scores.

After Eaton Rowland went to Sandhurst and at the outbreak of the received a commission in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. He joined his at the front in October 1914?? He was severely wounded by shrapnel on 18th October 1914?? invalided home after recovery rejoined is regiment 2 months before he was killed ( probably March 1915??) on 16th May 1915. His twin brother also served in WW1 Lieutenant Hugh Maxwell Naylor in 4th Hussars . They both celebrated there 21st birthdays on April 25th 1915.

Rowland Edmund Naylor probate to mother Magdalene Naylor a widow Effects of £521 3s 8d.

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.