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 Davison (1882-1916)

Father of seven from Jarrow served in 15th DLI and died at the Battle of the Somme

Sam Bailiff (1897-1916)

Annfield Plain lad who served in 15th DLI died at the Battle of the Somme

Piers William North (1871-1959)

Channel Islander who commanded the 20th DLI, was awarded the DSO

John George Lazonby (1879-1941)

Born in Stockton-On-Tees served with 5th Field Butchery, Australian Supply Column on the Western Front

Ernest Green (1889-1965)

Sunderland man served with Canadian Army Medical Corps in France

Joseph Henry Metcalfe Garry (1875-1950)

Stockton man served with the Canadian Army

William Teasdale (1884-1917)

Born in Burnopfield, killed serving with Canadian Railway Troops, remembered on the Vimy Memorial

Garnet Foster (1882-1961)

Shildon man served with Canadian Army lost an arm at St. Eloi

James Sherwood Gaine (1891-1959)

East Boldon man in Canadian Motor Machine Gun Brigade

Arnold Gaine (1892-)

East Boldon man served as lieutenant in the Canadian Army

Edward Fairbairn (1889-)

Gateshead man served with Canadian Army awarded the Military Medal

Verity William Norton (1886-1949)

Haswell butcher worked in America before joining Canadian Army


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