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.