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Roland Boys Bradford VC MC (1892 – 1917) was an British Army Officer and recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to Britishmarker and Commonwealth forces.

Biography

Bradford was born on 22 February 1892 to George Bradford. and educated at Epsom Collegemarker in Surrey. He had two brothers, James Barker and George Nicholson. He was 24 years old, and a Temporary Lieutenant Colonel in the 9th Bn., The Durham Light Infantry, British Army, Commander during the First World War. He was awarded the VC for his actions on 1 October 1916 at Eaucourt L'Abbayemarker, Francemarker

VC Citation

Promotion and death

On 20 November 1917, at the age of 25, he was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General; he was the youngest general officer in the British Army of modern times (and the youngest promoted professionally, earlier young generals were simply due to position). Ten days later, he was killed in action, at Cambraimarker, Francemarker, on 30 November 1917.

His two brothers, Lieutenant Commander George Nicholson Bradford VC, and Second Lieutenant James Barker Bradford, both died in service. George and Roland were the only brothers to win the VC in World War I.

Medal

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Durham Light Infantry Museum & Durham Art Gallery (Durham City, England).

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