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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Joshua Dawson Watson (1894 - 1951)

Tow Law man served on front line with 49th Battalion CEF

Robert Wilson Harbottle (1879-1962)

Felling glass blower spent seven months in CEF, discharged as unfit

Bertie Robert Turner (1898-1965)

Meadowfield youth served in CEF, wounded at Passchendaele

John Albert Stephenson (1894-1917)

Miner who served in the Durham Light Infantry

Thomas William Hall (1883-1961)

Hartlepool teacher served in “A” Company, 103rd (Timberwolves) Battalion, CEF, commissioned as an officer in October 1918

Thomas Gray (1889-1961)

Gateshead man served in France and Belgium with CEF

Thomas Friendly Gray (1882-1972)

Gateshead man enlisted in Canadian Expeditionary Force, only got as far as England

John William Barron (1869-1916)

Chopwell miner served in the Northumberland Fusiliers

Edward Fenwick Gray (1890 - 1958)

Gateshead miner who served in France with CEF

Joseph Fenwick French (1877-1963)

Gateshead sawyer served as a Sapper in Canadian Field Artillery

Vincent Taylor (1892-1917)

Newark born man served in the 15th Battalion Durham Light Infantry

William Sterling (1885-1917)

Middlesborough born engine fitter served in the Durham Light Infantry


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