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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Charles Ernest Pumphrey (1881-1950)

Officer with 10th Battalion Durham Light Infantry who returned to France after losing an arm

Charles Clare (1899-1917)

Hartlepool engine cleaner served as an ordinary seaman in the Royal Navy

John Fentonby Barker (1887-1914)

Hebburn born civilian fitter who was lost when HMS Fisgard II foundered

Alfred Furnace (1891-1917)

Westgate man served with 18th DLI died from cerebral meningitis in a British hospital

Alice Maude Mary Mason (1876-1965)

Served as a nurse in the 17th VA hospital in Bishop Auckland

Mary Billerby Backhouse nee Mason (1889-1960)

Stanhope born woman served as a VAD nurse

Jesse Cooper (1869-1952?)

Guard at Stanhope prisoner of war camp

William Arthur Witherington (1880-1917)

Spennymoor clerk promoted to sergeant in Canadian Army awarded DCM and killed in action

Henry Atholl Charles Wallace (1879-1915)

Lamesley man served as a captain in the Canadian Army and died at Ypres

John Thomas Fairless (1897-1917)

Weardale shepherd who served with the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

William Henry Egglestone (1893-1918)

Served with the 20th Battalion "Wearsiders" DLI and killed in Flanders

Albert Gendall (1875-1959?)

Guard at Eastgate prisoner of war camp


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