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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Austin Leo Shields (1888-1917)

Sunderland fitter served as a chief engine-room artificer in the Royal Naval Reserve

George Green (1894-1917)

Tudhoe Grange man served as a private in the Royal Marine Light Infantry

William Appleby (1893-1917)

Sacriston born miner served as an Able Seaman in the Royal Naval Division

James Dodds (1873-1917)

Hartlepool labourer served as a stoker petty officer on HMS Redbreast

Thomas Leonard Smith (1894-1917)

Seaham boilermaker served as an engine room artificer on HMS Redbreast

Irene Reincliffe Lawson (1894-1989)

South Shields born woman served as a nursing sister in the Canadian Army

John George Powell (1885-1916)

Hartlepool born man served in the 2nd battalion DLI

Henderson Dent (1880-1916)

Darlington man served with 15th DLI

Albert Edward Buckle (1888-1918)

Gamekeeper from Staindrop served with 13th DLI

The loss of the Steam Trawler Doris Burton

The Trawler that Disappeared, November 1914

Charles Henry Mudd (1894-1916)

Mason from Staindrop served with 11th DLI

Norman Louis Anderson (1893-1918)

Groom on Raby Estate served with Border Regiment


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