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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St Gabriel's Institute, Sunderland

20th Durham Voluntary Aid Detachment Hospital

Social Centre, Sunderland

11th Durham Voluntary Aid Detachment

Normanhurst, West Hartlepool

8th Durham Voluntary Aid Detachment

Saltwell Towers, Gateshead

St John's Ambulance Brigade Hospital

Whinney House, Gateshead

1st Voluntary Aid Detachment Hospital

James Alexander Laird (1897-1982)

Jarrow youth served on coastal patrols with the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve

Edward Fairless (1892-1916)

Lance Corporal in the 18th Battalion DLI commemorated by an oak tree at Wolsingham Grammar School

John Noble Lacey (1896-1918)

Lance Corporal in the 19th Battalion DLI commemorated by an oak tree at Wolsingham Grammar School

Ernest Lakey (1895-1975)

Hebburn born 'Tobin's TIger' one of two brothers who served in Canadian Forestry Corp

William Lendrem (1891-1968)

Barnard Castle man served in the Egyptian Expeditionary Force

William Lakey (1895 - 1970)

Older of two Felling brothers who served pre-war with the Rocky Mountain Rangers and then Canadian Forestry Corps

Stanley Laird (1894-1971)

Jarrow born awarded Military Medal for actions at Marquion and Canal de la Sensee fighting with CEF


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