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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Edward Crosby Bell (1888-1917)

Sunderland bank clerk seconded to Canadian Army Pay Office in London before being killed at Passchendaele

Albert Barham (1890-1960)

Murton Colliery man was court martialled for going AWOL from the Canadian Army front line

Alexander "Alex" McClemmont Beaumont (1888-1968)

Sunderland baker fought in the Canadian Army with the Winnipeg Grenadiers

George Barton (1897-1982)

Howden le Wear farmer's son was conscripted into the Canadian Army

James Malia (1877-1960)

Four brothers from Durham City served and two misnamed

Joseph Henry Collin

Jarrow born man awarded the Victoria Cross

William Henry Hedley (1897-1917)

Sunderland man served in the 18th Battalion DLI

Rowland Burdon (1857-1944)

Honorary Colonel of 5th DLI

Benjamin "Ben" Dawson (1874-1917)

Gateshead man in the Canadian army was court-martialled for neglect

Andrew Stephenson (1879-1915)

Tanfield man served as an able seaman in the Royal Naval Division

Herbert Cawthorn (1891-1927)

Sunderland man served in the 31st Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force

Benjamin "Ben" Cawthorn (1894-1972)

Sunderland man served in the Canadian Army and was awarded the Military Medal


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