Your Durham, Your History


This website tells the story of County Durham and its people in the First World War. Individual stories about people, places, events and organisations will reveal the impact of the conflict on entire communities a hundred years ago. Many stories focus on the home front and how life changed for both adults and young people. You can also explore the extraordinary lives lived by ordinary Durham people away from home in the years 1914 to 1919. Help us to discover, research and share new and forgotten stories about the area between the Rivers Tyne and Tees as part of the First World War centenary commemorations.

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John William Johnson (1876-)

Tattood miner from Murton Colliery served with AIF but discharged medically unfit

Geoffrey Hayes (1887-1976)

Bishopwearmouth man went to Sandhurst served with 11th DLI awarded DSO

Hugh Noel Grimwade (1885-1968)

Norfolk solicitor's clerk who served with 12th DLI was awarded DSO

Charles Kingston (1878-1917)

Heworth man died of wounds fighting with AIF at Polygon Wood, '2 broken pipes' among his meagre possessions

Matthew Richardson (1884-1932)

Greenside man contracted food poisining while serving with the Canadian Expeditionary Force

Wilfred Oliver (1899-1918)

Jarrow man killed in action serving in Canadian Army

John Thomas Moore (1885-1918)

Hartlepool man served with the Canadian Army

Edward Johnston (1885-)

'Cousins' from Crook fought with AIF at Gallipoli and the Western Front

Denzil Harwood Clarke (1896-1973)

Civil Engineer's son born in Sri Lanka served with 13th DLI awarded DSO

Harry Heaton (1894-1955)

Birmingham man served with 19th DLI awarded DSO and MC and Bar

Edward Gray (1879-1940)

Served in the 13th DLI and rose from the ranks to become a major awarded DSO

Joseph Jopling (1880-1918)

Born in Waterhouses killed in action fighting with AIF in France


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