Discovery of the tragedy of four sons lost in WW I

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The tragic story of a Croydon family who lost four of their sons during World War I has been revealed by a local historian.

In a tale which echoes the storyline of the Hollywood blockbuster film Saving Private Ryan, Brian Roote has unearthed the tragic tale of the brothers who were all killed in action during a two-and-a-half year period in the Great War.

Albert, Stephen, Charles and Frank - the sons of Elijah and Mary Ann French - are all on Croydon's Roll of Honour after dying in combat.

This was despite two of them having emigrated to Canada before the outbreak of war.

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