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 “Jack” Cummings Haswell (1897-1918)

Hesleden man served in the 1st/8th Battalion DLI whose grave marker from France is now situated in Hesleden

Bradford Memorial Committee, Darlington

Formed in Darlington to provide a national memorial to Brigadier-General Roland Bradford VC

Fairlawn, Leeholme, Bishop Auckland

Potential Voluntary Aid Detachment Hospital

The Long Room, Chilton Moor

9th Durham Voluntary Aid Detachment

Bernard Carr (1886-1941)

Hartlepool man served with Royal Engineers

Thomas Thompson (1894-1918)

White-le-Head labourer served in the Machine Gun Corps

George Robson (1885-1915)

Trimdon Grange born labourer served with the 1st/5th DLI

Thomas Henry Mason (1895-1918)

Darlington man served in the 18th DLI

James William Summers (1888-1917)

Tipton born Inn owner served in the 15th DLI

Thomas Snowdon (1878-1915)

Easington Lane man served with the 2nd DLI who had previously served in the Boer War

Thomas Moody (1888-)

Lumley born miner who was one of three brothers who served in the Durham Light Infantry

John Robert Whisker (1888-1946)

Stanley miner served in the RAMC awarded the Meritorious Service Medal


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