|Place of Birth||25 Crossfield Road, Cleator Moor|
|Residence at Enlistment|
|Residence (Roll of Honour)||Cross Side House , Egremont|
|Residence 1911 Census||Cross Side House , Egremont|
|School(s) Attended||Bookwell school Egremont ,St Bees School|
|Religion/Church Attended||C of E|
|Employment/Trade||It is thought he had passed a preliminary law exam and may have been intending to follow his father into a legal career, although he had also received training in mine engineering.|
|Place of Work|
|Family (Parents and Grandparents)||James and Mary|
|Siblings||Constance Mary,James Frederick ,Ernest Lowry ,Florence Elizabeth ,Ada Louise|
|Wife's Name and Maiden Name|
|Remarriage of Widow|
|Children's Christian Name(s)|
|Family Connection to Roll of Honour|
|Regiment at Enlistment||Artists Rifles (The London Regiment )|
|Battalion at Enlistment||28th|
|Rank at Enlistment||Pte|
|Naval Vessels Served|
|Service Number at Enlistment|
|Date of Enlistment||1 Oct 1915|
|Place of Enlistment||Whitehaven|
|Other Regiment||Border Regiment|
|Date of Transfer to other Regiment|
|Battalion Diary or Nautical Facts|
|Age at Death||19|
|Date of Death||16th Sep 1916|
|Regiment at Death||Border Regiment|
|Battalion/Vessel at Death||5th|
|Rank at Death||2nd Ltn.|
|Circumstances of Death||Killed in Action|
|Service Number at Death|
|Field of Action at Death||France|
|Place of Death||Somme|
|Battle at Death||Battle of the Somme|
|Location of Grave/Memorial||THIEPVAL MEMORIAL|
|Grave Position||Pier and Face 6 A and 7 C.|
|Commonwealth War Graves Commission Link||https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/770376/baxter,-rowland-percival/|
|Private Memorial||St Johns Church War memorial|
|Notes||OUR story about Company Sergeant Major Tommy Aitken and the finding of his wartime grave in France sparked new interest about 2nd Lieut Rowland Baxter, also of the 5th Battalion Border Regiment, who served alongside Tommy and was killed by the same German shell in 1916.
Tommy was 48; Rowland was just 19.
Rowland Percival Baxter is one of the casualties of war listed on the Cleator Moor Roll of Honour, which is being researched by Joseph Ritson.
Lt Baxter was a mining engineer and an Old St Beghian (an old boy of St Bees School) and has no known grave. Like Tommy, he is commemorated on the Thiepval memorial, and also the war memorial at Egremont and at St John’s Church, Cleator Moor.
Mr Ritson told us: “After John Brotherston’s research discovered where CSM Aitken is buried, I feel there is a possibility Lt Baxter’s remains were also interred in the same cemetery, assuming they were recovered by the burial parties.
“It seems Mr Brotherston may well have identified Lt Baxter’s actual grave as well. There is one Border Regt 2nd Lt (currently unidentified) nearby to CSM Aitken’s grave.
“The Commonwealth War Graves Commission would need to be convinced Lt Baxter was the only casualty this could be, for them to change their records. But at least there is a chance they may consider it.’’
Rowland Baxter was the son of James and Mary Baxter (née Lowry). His father, James Dawson Baxter was a partner in Chapman & Baxter Solicitors of Whitehaven.
Rowland, named after his grandfather, a Yorkshire-born accountant who married a Cleator lass, was born at 25 Crossfield Road, Cleator Moor, in 1896 and later moved with his family to Cross Side House, Egremont.
He was one of six children and educated at Cleator Moor School, Bookwell School, Egremont, and at St Bees public school.
It is thought he had passed a preliminary law exam and may have been intending to follow his father into a legal career, although he had also received training in mine engineering.
Whichever, he got the chance to follow neither career path, cut down in his prime like the rest of his generation in World War One.
Article written by Joe Ritson for Whitehaven News 28/7/2011