Roger Owen Birkbeck Wakefield was born on 20 July 1892 in Farnagh, Moate, County Westmeath, as the only child of Edward and Frances Wakefield. He was educated at Moorland House at Heswall, Merseyside, and Repton School in Derbyshire. An enthusiastic sportsman, he won awards in shooting and cricket while at Repton in 1908. He entered Sandhurst in February 1911 and received a commission in the Royal Irish Fusiliers in February 1912. He joined the battalion in Shorncliffe and was promoted to Lieutenant in January 1914.
Description: Black and white head and shoulders portrait of Lieutenant Robert Owen Birkbeck Wakefield of the 1st Battalion of Princess Victoria’s (Royal Irish Fusiliers).
Date: c. 1914
Source: The Bond of Sacrifice. A Biographical Record of All British Officers Who Fell in the Great War. Volume I: Aug-Dec. 1914. London: The Anglo-African Publishing Contractors, , p. 422.