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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Lenora Mowbray (1892-1984)

Birtley woman discharged from service in the Territorial Force Nursing Service due to ill health

William Jameson (1880-1953)

One of three brothers from Shildon who served in the Canadian Army

George Ratcliff (1895-1918)

Sunderland man served with 7th DLI died in Koblenz as prisoner, buried in Cologne

Joseph Dent (1885-1916)

Darlington man served with 15th and 17th DLI, killed in action just four days before his brother

Whitburn Hall, Front Street, Whitburn

Baronet's residence used as recruitment and training depot

William Johnson Gibbons (1892-1960)

Bede Scholar who spent four years in a prisoner of war Camp

Walter “Tubby” Farrer (1889-1981)

Bede scholar served in the Royal Field Artillery discharged due to the effects of gas

James Edward “Archie” Archbold (1892-1962)

Bede scholar served with the 8th Durham Light Infantry

Edward Davis (1892-)

Bede Scholar served with the Royal Garrison Artillery

Frederick Atkinson (1889-1916)

Waldridge miner served with Royal Army Medical Corps

Harrison Colwell (1890-1967)

Easington Lane miner served with 9th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment won DCM

Arthur Hines (1876-)

Surgeon from Boldon served with Royal Army Medical Corps


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