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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Frederick John Owers (1890-1918)

Boldon Colliery man served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force

Albert Edward Owers (1899-1963)

Private in Canadian Army Young Soldiers' Battalion

George William Owers (1888-1972)

Boldon Colliery man emigrated to Canada before returning to serve in British Army

Richard 'Dick' Houghton (1893-1916)

Brandon born miner's son fought with 31st AIF at Fromelles died of wounds

Frederick Pamely (1897-1918)

Pupil from King James, Bishop Auckland killed in France serving in Canadian Expeditionary Force

Thomas Trueman (1894-1918)

Gateshead steelwork erector served as an ordinary seaman in the Royal Navy

Richard Jones (1871-)

Son of 'Vicar of Cornforth' served with AIF and Church Army on Western Front

Alfred William Ogilvy (1899-1916)

South Shields youth enlisted in the Canadian Army and died of pneumonia on his return to England

Vincent Taylor (1891-1917)

Confectioner from Newark joined DLI commemorated on Arras Memorial

Alfred George Cotton (1888-1917)

London born french polisher served with DLI commemorated on Arras Memorial

William Smith (1895-1918)

Stanhope born man served as an acting sergeant in the Royal Marines Medical Unit

Durham County Council's dairy and poultry school at Sherburn Hall

School training women in dairy work and poultry keeping during the war

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