Stories about People


Discover stories about the people connected with County Durham in the First World War. Stories about people who lived or worked in the area, or served in local organisations, appear as pins on the interactive map. You can contribute new stories to this website, or add additional information and media to existing stories.

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Edward Crosby Bell (1888-1917)

Sunderland bank clerk seconded to Canadian Army Pay Office in London before being killed at Passchendaele

Albert Barham (1890-1960)

Murton Colliery man was court martialled for going AWOL from the Canadian Army front line

Alexander "Alex" McClemmont Beaumont (1888-1968)

Sunderland baker fought in the Canadian Army with the Winnipeg Grenadiers

George Barton (1897-1982)

Howden le Wear farmer's son was conscripted into the Canadian Army

James Malia (1877-1960)

Four brothers from Durham City served and two misnamed

Joseph Henry Collin

Jarrow born man awarded the Victoria Cross

William Henry Hedley (1897-1917)

Sunderland man served in the 18th Battalion DLI

Rowland Burdon (1857-1944)

Honorary Colonel of 5th DLI

Benjamin "Ben" Dawson (1874-1917)

Gateshead man in the Canadian army was court-martialled for neglect

Andrew Stephenson (1879-1915)

Tanfield man served as an able seaman in the Royal Naval Division

Herbert Cawthorn (1891-1927)

Sunderland man served in the 31st Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force

Benjamin "Ben" Cawthorn (1894-1972)

Sunderland man served in the Canadian Army and was awarded the Military Medal


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