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 Edward Griffin (1894-1917)

Sacriston man served with DLI and Northumberland Fusiliers

John Edward Shaw (1875-1917)

Brickyard worker from Darlington who with 1st/5th DLI commemorated on the Arras Memorial

Ellen Jane Richardson (1880-)

Chopwell woman served with Red Cross in France

John Houchen (1896-1915)

Sacriston man served with 1st/8th DLI was reported missing

Frederick "Fred" Hindle (1894-1958)

Miner from Sacriston served as a petty officer

George Jackson (1892-1958)

Sacriston resident served as a gunner in the Royal Field Artillery and was awarded the Military Medal

John Jackson (1896-1917)

Sacriston resident served with the Royal Naval Division and died from exposure to the elements

William Frederick Gill (1892-1918)

New Herrington man served with 18th DLI

William Gillies (1880-1916)

Stockton man served as a trimmer in the Royal Naval Reserve

Wilfred Woodruff (1896-1916)

Hartlepool man served as a stoker in the Royal Naval Reserve on HMS Vengeance

Robinson Kirtley Newton (1880-1916)

Stockton man served as a stoker in the Royal Naval Reserve on HMS Falcon

John William Burgess (1874-1916)

South Shields man served as a trimmer in the Royal Naval Reserve on HM Trawler Tervani


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