Memorial Details

Memorial

Memorial Garden Bradford Bros. V.C. 1914-18 Main Street

Reference

W125.10

Place

WITTON PARK

Map ref

NZ 208294

Present Location

Main Street, Witton Park.

Which war

1914-18

Dedication, Creation or Publication date

1. The Roland Boys Bradford memorial stone was unveiled at 11am on 11th March 2017. VC Stone was unveiled by Mrs Sue Snowdon, Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of County Durham, and Cllr Edward Bell, Chairman of Durham County Council.

Memorial Description

Memorial Garden, with paved central area and grassed surround and flower beds, contained by hedge. In a frame is one VC stone 24 inches square (608mm). The second will be placed alongside in the other half of the frame in April 2018, the centenary of the award of the VC.
This first one is in memory of Roland Boys Bradford and was dedicated on the 11th March 2017.
The garden also contains an art Sculpture with a 'Brothers in arms' theme sculpted by Ray Lonsdale. It shows a life size statue depicting a workman and a soldier holding a football.
There are two wooden seats and a display panel telling the story of the Bradfords. The panel is in black metal. The raised lettering tells the story of the four Bradford brothers with photos of the two who received the Victoria Cross.

Materials used

Wood seats, stone Victoria Cross plaques, metal display board.

Names

Brig. General Roland Boys Bradford, V.C., M.C., and Lieut. Col. George Nicholson Bradford, V.C.

Who commissioned

Durham County Council

How money was raised

The memorial garden and stones were funded by Durham County Council. It was built using 80,000 of Durham County Council section 106 funds and 22,500 from the neighbourhood budgets of councillors Rob Yorke and Christine Wilson.

Sculptor, Artist or Designer

Metal Sculpture by Roy Lonsdale.

Ownership and maintenance

Durham Light Infantry Association

Notes

1. Efforts to commemorate the Bradfords in the community will not end with the garden with, amongst others, plans to restore the Rose Window in St Paul's Church, which is dedicated to them, the installation of a plaque on Carwood House, where the quartet were born, and the naming of a local recreation area in their honour. All are planned for 2017.

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photos: James Pasby; Lonely Towers

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