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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George Dodd Roberts (1889-1935)

School teacher from Tow Law served as lieutenant with 6th DLI

Alfred Turner (1894-)

Bede scholar injured during training in the RAF

Henry Richards (1896-1915)

Seaham lad in Canadian Army taken prisoner at Ypres died from effects of chlorine gas

George William Stayman (1885-1916)

Sunderland man served with Canadian Army remembered on the Menin Gate

James Parker Sewell (1888-1919)

South Shields man served with the Canadian Army Mentioned in Despatches

Thomas Currie Sigsworth (1882-1916)

South Shields man served with Canadian Army killed in Belgium

Percy Ledger Raw (1878-1952)

Hamsteels born joiner ended his service in Canadian Army as a clerk in Canada

William George Rogers (1897-1916)

Older of two Spennymoor brothers in Canadian Army

Christopher Edgar Wyon Rogers (1896-1916)

One of two Spennymoor brothers killed serving with Canadian Army

Harry Blackman (1888-1961)

Sunderland man served with Canadian Army in France, Belgium and Germany

Robert Adam Blench (1886-1939)

Gateshead man served Canadian Army awarded Military Medal

John Caveney (1890-1986)

Gateshead youth in the Canadian Forestry Corps


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