Mapping the story of County Durham
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and its people in the First World War
What people are contributing now
James Loveless (1895-1916)
Fatally injured on HMS Warspite at the Battle of Jutland. Discover over 30 stories about County Durham sailors who were at Jutland, contributed to this website by volunteers.
James Loveless was born in Station Town on 7 August 1895. His father was William Loveless (1857-1934), originally from Tolpuddle, Dorset who was working as a coal miner. His mother was Mary Loveless ...Read more
John Harkess (1888-1918)
Poppies sent home from France in 1917
Two fragile pressed poppy flowers survive as a poignant reminder of John Harkess, a soldier from Washington in County Durham who served with the Leeds Pals in the First World War. John carefully wrote ...Read more
Michael Wilson Heaviside (1880-1939)
Gilesgate's Victoria Cross hero
Michael Heaviside was born in Station Lane, Gilesgate, in October 1880. The Heavisides were a long-standing Durham City family, and Michael was the grandson of Thomas Heaviside, who owned a pioneering ...Read more
Durham Light Infantry, 17th Battalion
Departure from Barnard Castle on 24 September 1915
In 1975, a resident of Barnard Castle presented some photographs to the DLI Museum. Some 60 years before, on 24 September 1915, he had been taken by his mother to the town’s railway station to watch ...Read more
This is a First World War centenary project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project will link the archives, objects and sites that survive today and uncover new stories about local communities 100 years ago. It will also map the centenary commemorative events and projects taking place in each locality. Find out more by visiting the about page or clicking the link below.
Really get to know our people
Discover stories about the people connected with County Durham in the First World War
Wartime County Durham
Stories about sites, buildings and monuments connected with the war
Discover historical events 100 years ago
Stories connected with the Battle of Jutland, 31 May - 1 June 1916