Father and son signed up together. Only one survived war in France

Father and son William and Joseph Craven joined up together at the start of World War One – even though William was too old.

He was in his mid-50s and worked with horses in Scarborough and thought his skills would be invaluable on the Front.

William was the great-grandfather of Scarborough councillor Eric Broadbent and Joseph his grandfather.

These photographs and memorabilia were found in a tin box when his grandfather died.

“My great-grandfather looked after the horses which pulled the carts in those days and he thought he would be useful.

“When they go and they don’t have to it’s amazing. What courage they all had,” said Cllr Broadbent, who serves on Scarborough Borough Council.

His great-grandfather, who lived in Seamer Road, was killed in France on September 23, 1916.

His grave is in Calais. Members of the family visited it last year and left flowers – including a white rose of Yorkshire.

The modern gravestone replaced the original wooden cross, of which Cllr Broadbent has pictures of both.

His grandfather Joseph survived and returned to Scarborough and his wife Ethel and they lived for many years in Holly Walk. Joseph worked at the electric station in Seamer Road and his last job before retiring was as caretaker at Northstead School.

“He didn’t talk about the war very much, though he brought back a few souvenirs including a brass shell which sat on the fireplace,” said Cllr Broadbent.

Cllir Broadbent has also saved postcards and letters exchanged between his grandparents during the conflict, letters which accompanied medals and discharge papers.

He also has the list of dead featuring his great-grandfather which was printed in the Scarborough Evening News.