Brothers - in Arms : Siblings & other Relatives in Service

Discussion in 'General' started by dbf, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    If you know their full names and military numbers or units I'm sure the forum can shed some light on them.

    The CWGC website will tell you if any died during the war.

  2. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

  3. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Welcome to the forum & thanks for showing us that article.
    If you need help researching any of them just ask.
  4. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Old Hickory Recon

    Welcome Mark.
    A US example of 8 serving Brothers:
    Obituary: Israel Grossman / One of city's WWII 'Fighting Grossmans'

    And I'm afraid your record-breaker may begin to fall with these chaps, nine of 'em in WW2, and a tenth in WW1:
    BBC - WW2 People's War - Band of Brothers - Service Records of Ten Brothers

    Eight is still pretty damned impressive though!

    Ten! Was the eldest issued a walker upon enlistment? I guess that if everything fell right, the oldest could be under 40. I'd hate to know that I had to go through basic training when I was 40.
  5. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron

    Hi Markeagle

    Is this a record ?

    Sorry mate, I know someone who can go a little better :)

    It's not me, I can only get as far as five of us, full story here:
    BBC - WW2 People's War - One family, Five Sons, All Serving in H.M.Forces
    and don't forget to scan down to see all the comments.

    When I first mentioned this I immediately got this comment:

    Sorry, Ron but you have a long way to go to match my family, I come from a family of 16, 12 boys and 4 girls.and 9 of us boys ALL served in the army and saw active service and whats more incredabale we all came back, only 2 recievd war injuries from which they soon recoverd. All so my sisters where all married to service men three Army one R.A.F. Only myself and one other brother who is 90yrs.old and two sisters still remain.

    This was , of course, by the same chap who's story is told by the BBCs Band of brother's story.

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  6. militarycross

    militarycross Very Senior Member

    Welcome Mark from a frozen Canada.

    In the First War, Mrs. Charlotte Woods of Winnipeg had 11 sons/step sons serving at one time. She was our first Silver Cross Mother, having lost 5 in the war and three due to war wounds. Here are some pictures of her and the King at the dedication of the Vimy Memorial in 1936.

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  7. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

    Hi Mark and welcome.
  8. Verrieres

    Verrieres no longer a member

    A local community based free news paper dropped through the letterbox the other day flicking through the pages I came across an Article titled The Last Bomb by Bill Miller it recounts the story of the last german bomb to fall on the City of Sunderland and in particular the devastation it brought to one family here are the brief facts;-
    At 03.05am on the 24th May 1943 the last bomb to fall on the City of Sunderland came down directly on top of an air-raid shelter located at Lodge Street in the Hendon area of the city,killing twelve people and trapping a further forty.Amongst the dead were two young brothers Alan Hutchinson aged 15 and his younger brother Ronnie aged 13 their older brother Billy sisters Doris and Mary although trapped survived as did the childrens parents.
    In similar circumstances to Pte Ryans story another crushing blow was delivered when news was received that the families oldest son Joseph aged 21 serving with the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers had also been killed in Action .Son Billy who had survived the bombing of the shelter was called up into the Army and was to be posted overseas when the local people petioned the Sunderland South MP to intervene on the Families behalf which he agreed to do and interceded with the war office and obtained a home posting for young Billy thus securing the life of the remaining son.This is a brief description which does not really do justice to the more detailed published story but at least it sets out the main facts which I thought I`d share with you.
    Source;-Published in `EASTWISE`produced by Hendon 2000 Ltd Original Story by Bill Miller
    Name:HUTCHINSON, JOSEPHInitials:JNationality:United KingdomRank:FusilierRegiment/Service:Royal Northumberland FusiliersUnit Text:2nd Bn.Age:21Date of Death:09/02/1945Service No:14272491Additional information:Son of William Jones Hutchinson and Adelaide Hutchinson, of Sunderland, Co. Durham.Casualty Type:Commonwealth War DeadGrave/Memorial Reference:18. C. 9.Cemetery:PHALERON WAR CEMETERY

  9. Recce_Mitch

    Recce_Mitch Very Senior Member

    Who died age 31 on 24 June 1944
    Son of Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Eason, of Grimsby, Lincolnshire.

    Who died age 19 on 24 June 1944
    Son of Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Eason, of Grimsby, Lincolnshire.

    These 2 brothers died along with another 187 men of 43rd Reconnaissance Regiment off Sword Beach when a German acoustic mine split the Troopship ‘Derrycunihy’ in two.

  10. Warlord

    Warlord Veteran wannabe

    The Sullivan brothers were five siblings who all died during the same incident in WWII, the sinking of the light cruiser USS Juneau, the vessel on which they all served.
    The Sullivans were natives of Waterloo, Iowa. They were:
    George Thomas Sullivan, 27 (born 14 December1914), Gunner's Mate Second Class (George had been previously discharged in May 1941 as Gunner's Mate Third Class.)
    Francis "Frank" Henry Sullivan, 26 (born 18 February1916), Coxswain (Frank had been previously discharged in May 1941 as Seaman First Class.)
    Joseph "Joe" Eugene Sullivan, 24 (born 28 August1918), Seaman Second Class
    Madison "Matt" Abel Sullivan, 23 (born 8 November1919), Seaman Second Class
    Albert "Al" Leo Sullivan, 20 (born 8 July1922), Seaman Second Class

    Here are some pictures of "The Fighting Sullivans", courtesy of the U.S. Naval Historical Center, and the Steamship Historical Society of America:


  11. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron


    When I first posted the montage below on the BBC WW2 Archives I promptly received a reply telling me of eleven members of a family who had served !


  12. Passchendaele_Baby

    Passchendaele_Baby Grandads Little Girl

    There were 3 brothers, my great-great uncles fighting in Galipoli (not too sure on details -- help would be appreciated) one died, James, the other two came back.
  13. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron

    One of my son-in-laws recently came across these photos of his father in various ww2 uniforms.

    The first is Home guard in 1940

    The second is RAF in 1943

    The third is RN in 1944

    Not sure if this constitutes a record but it's impressive, none the less :)

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  14. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Davies Family: Eight sons and one nephew
    Liverpool Evening Express 30 April 1941:
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  15. vitellino

    vitellino Senior Member

    The five Beckett brothers from Grimsby deserve a mention. Frank fought his way up Italy with 6 Armoured Division and wrote about his experiences in 'Prepare to Move' which he published with his wife Eileen.


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  16. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Burke Family: Eleven sons in service, one daughter on war work
    From Rochdale Observer 27 February 1943
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  17. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    From Western Gazette 23 June 1944
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  18. TriciaF

    TriciaF Junior Member

    Amazing - all I can say is thank God for big families in those days. They did much more than their share.
  19. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Devlin / OBrien Family: six sons
    Liverpool Evening Express 1 April 1943
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  20. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Cooper Family: three sons, three grandsons, one son-in-law, three nephews in service
    Liverpool Evening Express 9 May 1942
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