Brigadier GeneralBRADFORD, ROLAND BOYS

Died 30/11/1917

Aged 25

Cdg. 186th Inf. Bde.
General Staff

late 2nd Bn.
Durham Light Infantry

V C, M C, 3 times Mentioned in Despatches

Son of George Bradford, of Darlington, Co. Durham. His brother, James Barker Bradford also died on service.

Inscription

DULCE ET DECORUM EST PRO PATRIA MORI

Citation

An extract from "The London Gazette," dated the 24th Nov., 1916, records the following

"For most conspicuous bravery and good leadership in attack, whereby he saved the situation on the right flank of his Brigade and of the Division. Lieutenant-Colonel Bradford''s Battalion was in support. A leading Battalion having suffered very severe casualties, and the Commander wounded, its flank became dangerously exposed at close quarters to the enemy. Raked by machine-gun fire, the situation of the Battalion was critical. At the request of the wounded Commander, Lieutenant-Colonel Bradford asked permission to command the exposed Battalion in addition to his own. Permission granted, he at once proceeded to the foremost lines. By his fearless energy under fire of all description, and his skilful leadership of the two Battalions, regardless of all danger, he succeeded in rallying the attack, captured and defended the objective, and so secured the flank."

Buried at HERMIES BRITISH CEMETERY

Location: Pas de Calais, France
Number of casualties: 107

Cemetery/memorial reference: F.10.

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Cemetery details

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This collection of documents was assembled by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and its predecessors as part of the processes involved in the commemoration of individuals. As a result, they contain many corrections and alterations which reflect their use as working documents. For further information concerning the history of the collection, please see our About Our Records page.
Please be advised that some of the documents, especially the burial returns and exhumation reports, may contain information which some people may find distressing. The original archive records and their digital copies remain the property of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but are available for re-use for private and non-commercial purposes.