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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The Last Battle – 7 November 1918.

Four days before the Armistice, the 15th Battalion DLI fights its last battle.

Samuel Palmer Laws (1884-1976)

Royal Field Artillery, received the Military Medal

Herbert Edward Hosking (1886-1917)

Indian-born man who attended Durham School and served in the 66th Punjabis

Mary Elizabeth Carter (1887-)

Munitions worker at Elswick lived in Dipton

Weymouth George Wash (1891-1956)

Butterknowle teacher who escaped from prisoner of war camp

Harry McEwan (1894-1917)

Stockton youth fought with Canadian Army killed at Vimy Ridge

John Willey (1891-1972)

Broomside man enlisted twice in Canadian Army served with Canadian Cyclists' Corps

Thomas Willey (1894-1942)

Brandon man served with Canadian Army wounded in last days of the war

Herbert Wilyman (1902-1992)

14-year-old Hartlepool boy enlisted in Canadian Army

Alfred Wilyman (1900-1918)

Hartlepool seaman died of pneumonia on ship

Archibald "Archie" Wray (1897-1950)

From Coundon to Canada to the Somme with the Canadian Army

Alexander Fenton (1888-1956)

Gateshead man wounded in both feet transferred to Canadian Army Medical Corps as an orderly


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