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 Anthony Sydney Ritson (1887-1957)

Durham mining engineer served with 8th DLI awarded MC and DSO and Bar

Thomas Henry Johnson (1883-1960)

Cornsay man served with Canadian Forestry Corps

Albert Edward Curtis (1882-1917)

London man served with 11th and 1st/6th DLI commemorated at Arras

Arthur Chapman Cussons (1896-1917)

Norton man served with 3rd/5th and 1st/9th DLI commemorated at Arras

Henry Stuart (1891-1917)

Low Spennymoor man served with 18th DLI commemorated at Arras

Edward Bridgett (1892-1916)

Sacriston man served with 10th DLI

Thomas Henry Wilkinson (1889-1917)

Stockton man served with 1st/5th DLI commemorated on Arras Memorial

David Brown (1883-)

Bede scholar who served in Salonika

Thomas Bellwood (1892-1917)

New Shildon railwayman served with West Yorkshire Regiment killed at Arras

Frederick "Fred" Charles McCarthy (1885-1919)

Hartlepool ship’s carpenter was lost in the sinking of HM Yacht Iolaire

John Hern (1893-1919)

Sunderland engineer was lost in the sinking of HM Yacht Iolaire

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