Died: 01 October 1916; Somme, France (killed in action)
at Regina Trench Cemetery, France
ANDREW ROYSTON RODGER was born 03 May 1898 (or 1897*) in Fairlie, and was the adopted son of
Mr. and Mrs Andrew Rodger. He was killed
in action on 01 Oct 1916 at the Somme, France while employed as a runner
carrying messages to the front line under heavy bombardment. Initially reported missing having last been
seen heading for the dressing station after being wounded on 01 Oct 1916, he
was later believed to have been killed before reaching it. He is buried at Regina Trench Cemetery,
Grandcourt, Somme, France, and commemorated on Fairlie War Memorial.
the 1911 Census, aged 12, he is living at Ferry Road, Fairlie, adopted son in
the household of Helen Rodger (49, m. 20 years, no
family appear to have emigrated shortly thereafter, because they appear in the
Canadian Census taken in June 1911 - Andrew R. Rodger
(son, aged 13, born Scotland) in the household of
Andrew and Ellen Gray Rodger in Toronto South, Ontario, Canada.
is the nephew of Mary Dickie, The Row, Fairlie, who inserted an intimation in
the Largs & Millport Weekly News “in memoriam” on 05 Oct 1918.
* In the 1911 Canadian Census, his date of birth is
given as 03 May 1898 which fits with the ages given in the censuses. When he enlists, his date of birth is given
as 03 May 1897 – possibly because he would have been under 18?
SERVICE DETAILS Enlisted
17 Sep 1915 (occ. labourer, next of kin father); on 23 Oct 1915 the Largs and
Millport Weekly News reported that he was undergoing training in Toronto.
Extracts from the
Largs & Millport Weekly News:-
23 October 1915 Several of the
Fairlie boys over the seas have answered the call. Andrew Royston Rodger, who left the village
four and a half years ago for Toronto, Canada, has joined the York Rangers, and
is undergoing training in Toronto.
9 December 1916 Toll Of War; Fairlie Man Missing:
Pte. A.R. Rodger, Canadian Rifle Brigade, who has been missing since 1st
October, is believed to have been killed on that date, as the following letter
has been received from the Commanding Officer:-
It is with the deepest regret that I have to inform you that 158174 Pte.
A.R. Rodger has been missing since the engagement of October 1st, in which his
battalion took part. During an attack on
the enemies’ lines he was wounded, and was last seen starting back to the
dressing station. As no report has been
received of his passing through hospital, and in view of the extreme intensity
of the artillery engagement of that date, I regret to state that he is believed
to have been killed before reaching the dressing station. I need not add how nobly he fought, and we
honour him in the supreme sacrifice which we feel quite confident he has
made. With deepest sympathy – (Signed)
W. Gordon, Lieut.-Colonel.
Pte. Rodger, who left Fairlie about
five-and-a-half years ago for Canada, was the adopted son of Mr and Mrs Andrew
Rodger, who are still remembered here.
23 December 1916 (Photograph
of) PRIVATE A.R. RODGER; Canadian Rifle
Brigade: who, as reported a fortnight ago, has been posted missing since
5 October 1918 In Memoriam: Rodger – In loving memory of
Andrew Royston Rodger, 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles, who fell in action on 1st
October 1916. – inserted by his loving aunt, Mary Dickie, The Row, Fairlie.