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Memorials & Plaques in Remembrance of Brigadier-General R B Bradford VC MC DLI

9th Bn., Durham Light Infantry
Born at Witton Park County Durham on 22nd February 1892, killed on Friday 30th November 1917, aged 25

photo of Roland Bradford
Roland Boys Bradford, V C, M C, D.L.I.

1) The Lord Bishop of Durham (Herbert Hensley Henson, D.D.) preached the sermon at Roland Bradford's Memorial Service on 19th July 1925. It was also the occasion of the unveiling and dedication of a monument in Roland's memory. The location was the east wall of the north transept of St Cuthbert's Church, Darlington, County Durham.

pic of St Cuthbert's Church, Darlington, County Durham
St Cuthbert's Church, Darlington, County Durham

2) "The General Bradford Memorial Fund" was set up in Darlington and met with a ready response so that a memorial could be raised to Roland and his brothers. The large sum of 3,000 was contributed at the time this was reported. It was being devoted to a new Hospital in Darlington, the entrance of which was to be called "The Bradford Entrance" (and 3,000 really WAS a LARGE sum of money in those days).

3) Click here to see a page containing photos of a memorial plaque and a rose window which were also given in memory of Roland at St. Paul's Church in Witton Park.

Click here to see page about a memorial plaque to the 4 Bradford Brothers which was installed in the chapel at Darlington's Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College in November 1994 (called Darlington Grammar School in earlier days).

Here are the words which Field-Marshal Earl Haig GCB, wrote in connection with "The General Bradford Memorial Fund"

I knew Bradford quite well and had personally followed his career with friendly interest for some time previous to his death. He was an officer of outstanding talent and personality; as a Battalion and Brigade Commander exceptionally young but particularly capable. His death was a great loss to the Army, and I and all who had known or served with him deeply deplored it.

I feel with you that a National Memorial to such a gallant officer and gentleman would be a most fitting tribute to his sterling qualities. The example of his unselfish courage and devotion to duty is, in my opinion, worthy of being kept in continual remembrance by the Nation he died to serve."

newspaper article about National Memorial Fund for Roland Bradford
This newspaper article gave some details of the National Memorial Fund set up after Roland was killed.

Links to other pages on site

PIC of all 4 brothers

Butte-de-Warlencourt Page

Summary page about all four brothers

List of V.C. Awards during the Battles of the Somme

Summary details and short biography of Roland Bradford by Malcolm McGregor

Mention of Roland in Book about Rommel

Durham Light Infantry Museum Details concerning Roland Bradford

George N Bradford:- Details from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

James B. Bradford:- Details from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

Thomas A. Bradford:- Details and photographs from the family

Amy Isabelle Bradford - the younger schoolgirl sister

The Bradford Brothers' Memorial Plaque at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College in Darlington, County Durham

TRIBUTE LETTERS about Lieutenant-Commander George Bradford, V C, Royal Navy

The Bradford Roots

LINK to Memorial to George Bradford at Blankenberghe Town Cemetery

LINK to Albert McKenzie and the other Zeebrugge V.C.'s

LINK to Mike Chapman's Victoria Cross Reference

LINK to British Light Infantry Regiments' site

LINK to the Durham Light Infantry site

LINK to 'Walk 9' of Darlington Borough Council's Guided Walks through Darlington which takes walkers past "The Bradford Armoury" named after Brigadier-General R B Bradford VC MC DLI whose home was at Milbanke in Millbank Road, Darlington. This family from Darlington was the most highly awarded family in Britain during World War I.

LINK to D. L. I. Museum website

LINK to The War Graves Commission

LINK to Peter van den Heuvel & Marco Hoveling's site with information on location of Roland's grave

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