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Witton Park brothers among the region's VC recipients
4:48pm Monday 14th October 2013 in News
COUNTY Durham brothers Roland and George Bradford will be among the North-East-born Victoria Cross recipients to have their honours recognised with a paving stone.
The pair were born in Witton Park, near Bishop Auckland and were the only brothers awarded the VC in the First World War.
Brigadier General Roland Boys Bradford, who served with the Durham Light Infantry, was killed in action in November 1917.
His VC citation recounts his ‘conspicuous bravery and good leadership... under fire of all description’.
Lieutenant Commander George Nicholson Bradford served aboard HMS Iris II.
He was awarded the VC for his ‘absolute self-sacrifice’ in the battle that claimed his life, at Zeebrugge, Belgium, in 1918, on his 31st birthday.
The Bradfords paving stones will be presented to Bishop Auckland and Darlington respectively.
Witton Park historian Dale Daniel believes the paving stones should be presented to the village they were born in.
Other North-East recipients to be recognised with commemorative paving stones include Private Michael Heaviside, of the Durham Light Infantry.
He helped save a wounded solidier’s life during the Battle of Arras, leading a rescue mission into no-man’s land.
He survived the war and died aged 58 in 1939, his years in the trenches having taken their toll on his health.
The paving stones will be laid in corresponding dates from 2014 to 2018; for example if a VC was awarded in August 1915 – the stone will be laid in August 2015, so it is always 100 years on from when it was won.
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