Roland Charles Racher (MM)


Roland Charles Racher (MM)


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Bedfordshire Regiment
“D” Company, 6th Bn.


1914 /15 Star, British War and Victory medals
Military Medal


Bay 5.


>Not Researched

UK Memorials

Essendon War Memorial
St Mary the Virgin Church Memorial, Essendon
Wheathampstead War Memorial
Not on the Hatfield memorials

Pre War

Born on the 2nd March 1894 in Holwell, Essendon, Herts. Son of Stephan and Mary Jane Racher. One of 11 children. Baptised on the 22nd April1894, in Essendon, Herts. The 1901 Census shows Roland aged 7, at his grandparents’ home at Holwell Stud Farm, Hatfield, Herts. and 1911 Census shows Roland aged 17, living with his Parents, 2 Brothers and 4 Sisters at Church End, Essendon, Herts. His occupation is a Domestic Gardener. The family later moved to Wheathampstead, Herts.

Wartime Service

He enlisted in the Bedfordshire Regiment. Roland and the Battalion boarded the Express Queen at Southampton for Le Havre, France, on the 30th July 1915. They disembarked at 7-30am on the 31st July 1915. Roland was Killed in Action on the 28th April 1917, at the battle of Arras. He has no Known Grave; he is commemorated on the Arras Memorial. Roland was awarded the Military Medal for Bravery in the Field. An extract from The London Gazette dated 19th February 1917 reads, “10547 Pte R. C. Racher. Bedfordshire Regiment. Military Medal awarded to NCO for Bravery in the Field”. His Father Stephan also enlisted as a horse keeper on the 5th July 1915 aged 45 Years, in The Royal Army Veterinary Corps, as Private SE10359 Stephan Racher. Landing in France in September 1915. He survived the War and was discharged on the 22nd December 1918. CWGC Inscription reads: “Son of Mr & Mrs Stephan Racher, of 87 Embankment Grove, Chelsea, Victoria, Australia”.

Additional Information

In March 1920 his Father, Mother and his two younger Sisters, emigrated to Australia. His Medals are still in the possession of his family. See additional information page.


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