Roland Richardson Tait was born in Rugby in 1877 and baptised at St Matthews Church on 7th May 1879, together with his younger brother John Richardson Tait.
Roland was the son of Edwin Tait, an auctioneer; a member of the Rugby firm of auctioneer’s of that name. His grandfather was William Ironside Tait, founder of the Rugby Advertiser
Roland’s mother was Ann Richardson and his parents were married in Aston at the start of 1877. It was Edwin’s second marriage, his first wife Louisa had died in 1875 at the age of 37. She was also a Richardson, perhaps a relative.
In 1881 the family were living at 23 Lawford Street (now Road) and ten years later they were at number 56. By 1901 they had moved to 135 Clifton Road. Roland was aged 23 and working as an auctioneer’s clerk, presumably in the family business. In 1905 he married Mary Maria James from Feckenham, Worcester and by 1911 they lived at 5 Park Walk, Rugby with three young children, a fourth having died. His occupation was auctioneer of cattle etc.
It was stated in his obituary that he had played for both Cricket and Football teams in Rugby and had, for fourteen years, been a member of the Rugby Volunteer Fire Brigade. There is a photograph of him of him taking part in a Gymnastic Club tableau in 1900 on the windowsonwarwickshire website.
When Roland Richardson Tait was called up, on 15th Dec 1915, the family was living at the old family home at 135 Clifton Road (Pytchley House), his parents having died by then. Another child was born earlier in 1915.
He was aged 38 yrs and 1 month. He was six feet tall with a chest measurement of 43½ inches. He enlisted in the 7th Worcestershire Regiment, number 3146.
He served as a private at home from 20th Jun 1916 to 22nd Sep 1916 when he was “Discharged on account of his becoming unlikely to become an efficient soldier on medical grounds.”
He returned home and died in Rugby, on 9th Feb 1917, from heart failure and complications.
He was buried in Clifton Road Cemetery with his mother who had died in 1913. His father is buried a few rows away with his first wife.
Since he never served abroad, he received no medals Neither is he listed in the CWGC records.
RUGBY REMEMBERS HIM