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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James "Jim" Golightly (1892-1915)

Murton miner served in the 15th DLI

John Edward Greenwell (1895-1918)

Lieutenant in the Royal Air Force died in a seaplane accident who is buried in Stanley New Cemetery

John Brewis (1883-1915)

Tanfield bricklayer served as an acting corporal in the Durham Light Infantry

Lawrence Kingston (1878-1918)

Shildon born hairdresser served as a private in the Yorkshire and Lancaster Regiment

William Edward Harker (1883-1963)

Darlington born man served in the Canadian Army

Joseph Wilton (1890-1917)

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

William Henry “Harry” Brown (1895-1916)

Farm worker remembered on the Staindrop memorial

James Burrows (1888-1917)

Staindrop miner served in the 22nd Battalion DLI remembered on the Staindrop memorial

George Nixon Dent (1894-1918)

Staindrop man served in the Grenadier Guards remembered on the Staindrop memorial

John “Jack” Carr (1894-1916)

Stanhope steelworker commemorated by an oak tree at Wolsingham Grammar School

John Crawhall "Jack" Waller (1889-1918)

Stanhope man served in the RAMC commemorated by an oak tree at Wolsingham Grammar School

Henry "Harry" Rowell (1894-1921)

Stanley colliery screener served as a private in the Durham Light Infantry


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