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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Harry Dreebin (1894-1918)

Sunderland born Jewish man served with the King’s Own Scottish Borderers

Joseph Gillis (1892-1917)

Jewish man from Sunderland served in the Yorkshire Hussars

Moor street synagogue in Sunderland

Plaque to the fallen men from the Jewish Community in Sunderland originally situated in Moor Street Synagogue

John Jackson (1887-1930)

Sunderland policeman served with AIF and Indian Army in Basra, Iraq

Robert Newton Vowell (1893-1917)

Engine machinist from Sunderland served in 1st/5th DLI commemorated on the Arras Memorial

Ernest Hardinge Veitch (1876-1959)

Printer from Durham served as captain in the 8th DLI

William Siddle

Man who served in the 18th (The Pals) DLI won the D.C.M. during the '100 Day Offensive'.

John George Wilkinson

Bishop Auckland man served with 18th and 20th DLI won DCM during the '100 Days Offensive'

Thomas Wilton Jenkins (1880-1923)

Son of Spennymoor Pawnbroker fought with AIF on Western Front

Ernest Clifford Powell (1895-1928)

Yorkshire man who served in the 18th DLI won the DCM during the 100 Day Offensive

Thomas Colin Jackson (1882-1935)

Wolsingham born groom served with AIF in Egypt and France


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