If you type “brothers in the first world war” into search engine Google the results are astonishing from a story of six brothers from Londonderry, to five brothers from Suffolk and five brothers from the Smith family in Durham who all lost their lives. In York, as war broke out ten brothers from the Calpin family all enlisted, resulting in the Mayor writing to the boy’s parents to congratulate them inviting them and their only daughter to visit him in the mansion house in York  I doubt there are many if any, towns and villages in England that could  equal the Calpin’s service, there was however several families in Bacup and Stacksteads who had four or more sons fighting in the Great War, and who sadly quite often lost two or more of their sons.  These are their stories:
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