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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Ernest Hardinge Veitch (1876-1959)

Printer from Durham served as captain in the 8th DLI

William Siddle

Man who served in the 18th (The Pals) DLI won the D.C.M. during the '100 Day Offensive'.

John George Wilkinson

Bishop Auckland man served with 18th and 20th DLI won DCM during the '100 Days Offensive'

Thomas Wilton Jenkins (1880-1923)

Son of Spennymoor Pawnbroker fought with AIF on Western Front

Ernest Clifford Powell (1895-1928)

Yorkshire man who served in the 18th DLI won the DCM during the 100 Day Offensive

Thomas Colin Jackson (1882-1935)

Wolsingham born groom served with AIF in Egypt and France

Robert Whitehead Vickers (1897-1918)

Private from St. John's Chapel, served in Royal Field Artllery and later in Dorsetshire Regiment.

Thomas Alaby Smith (1882-1918)

Private in Northumberland Fusiliers who died from wounds while a prisoner of war in Germany

Robert Dixon Proud (1894-1964)

Corporal in the Coldstream Guards whose family were associated with Hudson Masonic Lodge, Wolsingham

Luke Denham (1897-1950)

A Newfield born man, a member of the freemasons, served with the RFA as a driver

John Richardson (1898-)

Wolsingham born man, a member of the freemasons, served in the Royal Engineers


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