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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Theodore "Theo" Harle (1898-1960)

Willington man served with Australian Army

Matthew Gibson Bruce (1899-1917)

South Shields fisherman served as leading deck hand on HM Trawler Pitstruan

Alfred Durrant (1897-1917)

Sheffield man served with 1st/6th DLI commemorated on Arras Memorial

Charles Thomas Cross (1885-1917)

Durham City man served with 18th DLI commemorated on Arras Memorial

Arthur Alexander Kemp Davidson (1892-1917)

Scottish-born man served with 18th DLI commemorated on Arras Memorial

William Burke (1890-)

From Witton Gilbert, served with 20th Battalion DLI, awarded Military Medal

Charles Bradlaugh White (1893-1915)

From New Seaham, served in Royal Naval Division

William "Will" Edward Tilney (1898-1959)

Meadowfield man served with Royal Engineers wounded and taken prisoner

Rudolph Augusta Cameron (1889-1917)

From Sunderland, served with 18th Battalion DLI (Durham Pals)

Philip Kirkup (1893-1959)

Captain with the 8th Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry, from Birtley

Herbert Walker Brass (1885-1977)

From Sacriston, served in Royal Engineers

Thomas Frederick ‘Fred’ Richardson (1889-1971)

Miner who served with 10th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry


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