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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Charles Ernest Pumphrey (1881-1950)

Officer with 10th Battalion Durham Light Infantry who returned to France after losing an arm

Charles Clare (1899-1917)

Hartlepool engine cleaner served as an ordinary seaman in the Royal Navy

John Fentonby Barker (1887-1914)

Hebburn born civilian fitter who was lost when HMS Fisgard II foundered

Alfred Furnace (1891-1917)

Westgate man served with 18th DLI died from cerebral meningitis in a British hospital

Alice Maude Mary Mason (1876-1965)

Served as a nurse in the 17th VA hospital in Bishop Auckland

Mary Billerby Backhouse nee Mason (1889-1960)

Stanhope born woman served as a VAD nurse

Jesse Cooper (1869-1952?)

Guard at Stanhope prisoner of war camp

William Arthur Witherington (1880-1917)

Spennymoor clerk promoted to sergeant in Canadian Army awarded DCM and killed in action

Henry Atholl Charles Wallace (1879-1915)

Lamesley man served as a captain in the Canadian Army and died at Ypres

John Thomas Fairless (1897-1917)

Weardale shepherd who served with the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


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