There are many stories of heroism from the Great War; in a few instances a single family not only suffered multiple tragedies but provided more than their share of heroism. One such was the Bradford family, of Durham. The brothers, Thomas, George, James and Roland were awarded between them two Victoria Crosses, a DSO and two MCs. Three served in the Durham Light Infantry, and one in the Royal Navy. Sadly, only one of them survived the war. There is an excellent tribute site here: http://www.geocities.com/bradcrem/bradford_index.html To summarise: Colonel (later Sir) Thomas Bradford DSO was the oldest, born 1886. He alone survived the war, being wounded at the Second Battle of Ypres on 25th April 1915, while commanding D Company of 8th Battalion Durham Light Infantry. He finished the war commanding a training unit in Ireland, and died in 1966. Lt-Commander George Nicholson Bradford VC RN was posthumously awarded a Victoria Cross in the raid on Zeebrugge harbour on April 23rd 1918, his 31st birthday. The objective of this raid was to sink three old cruisers at the mouth of the Bruges Canal to stop German submarines putting to sea. To allow them to get into position a diversionary raid was planned, landing Marines and Naval troops onto the heavily defended jetty. The troops were to be landed from the cruiser Vindictive and the ex-Liverpool ferries, Iris and Daffodil. George Bradford was the second-in-command of Iris. As the ship arrived at the jetty, the decks were below the level of the wall and so sheltered from enemy fire: but the first men onto the wall faced certain death, and someone was going to have to tie the mooring rope to a bollard. A young man called Lt Hawkings went up a ladder onto the jetty and was instantly killed. Bradford, despite seeing this, went up a lifeboat davit, and succeeded in tying up the ship to a bollard before a burst of machine gun fire swept him into the sea. Eight Victoria Crosses were awarded on that day, the greatest number for a single action in the 20th century. Second Lieutenant James Barker Bradford MC served with the 18th Battn Durham Light Infantry. He died of wounds on 14th May 1917. Brigadier General Roland Boys Bradford VC MC was at the age of 26 the youngest General the British Army ever had. As a Lt-Colonel commanding the 9th DLI, he was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on 25th September 1916, at Eaucourt L'Abbaye in the Somme area, when by his courage and leadership he turned around a desperate situation and saved his position from being over-run. He was very highly regarded by his troops. He was a truly Christian soldier, who ordered that the piper should play a verse of the hymn "Abide With Me" every evening. After his death, this continued, and a new soldier who sneered at this was knocked to the ground by a veteran who declared: "that hymn was taught us by a better bloody soldier than you will ever be!" He was promoted to Brigadier-General on November 10th 1917, but just eleven days later he was killed by a shell during the German counter-attack at Cambrai. The photo below, which I took myself, shows the scene of his death as it is today, by the Canal du Nord.