The 1 July 1916 saw Roland’s Battalion on the Frontline of the Battle of the Somme, he was injured on the 3 July when a direct hit on his trench reopened an old wound. He refused to leave the Frontline and on the 7 July led his men out of their trench. Roland was killed, shot in the head, he was 26 years old. The Scouting community mourned and just over a fortnight after his death a memorial parade of thousands of Scouts made its way through the East End of London.
Roland’s graves was marked with a Scout arrowhead and the tracking symbol for “gone home”, often used on Scouting graves and memorials.