Joined the army in 1915 and went from home to Reading where he joined Princess Charlotte of Wales Regiment, better known as the Royal Berkshire Regiment and he was posted to the 8th Battalion. His unit went to France in August 1915. His unit fought at Loos in 1915, the following year in the Somme campaign at Delville Wood, Thiepval and Ancre. The following year they were at Passchendaele and The Scarpe. In the final year of the war they fought at St Quentin, in March 1918 part of the German spring offensive, Operation Michael. Then in August at the battle of Amiens, which began on August 8th in dense fog. Seven allied divisions attacked the German lines aided by a number of tanks, the attack took the enemy by surprise and the enemy front line was taken by 7.30am. Roland was killed in this battle.