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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William Angus Bagnall (1886-1960)

Winlaton man served with 9th DLI in Salonika

Arthur Black (1892-1978)

West Auckland man served with Canadian Army

Arthur Elgie (1873-)

Darlington father and son in the Canadian Expeditionary Force

John Elgie (1896-)

Darlington father and son in the Canadian Expeditionary Force

Stanley Walker (1896-1918)

One of two South Shields brothers killed serving with Canadian Army

Sidney Walker (1894-1916)

One of two South Shields brothers killed serving with Canadian Army

George Feilden Menzies (1861-1944)

General's son commanded 14th DLI awarded DSO

Joseph Anderson Kidd (1894-)

Eggleston man served in Canadian Army, lost an eye after being hit by shrapnel

Fred Handley (1893-1968)

From Fencehouses to France with the Canadian Army

James William Hartley (1897-1978)

Waldridge man served with Seaforth Highlanders of Canada awarded Military Medal

George Gill (1895-1966)

Darlington man served as private in Canadian Army

Albert Edward Gill (1901-1979)

Darlington youth joined Canadian Army underage


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