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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Victoria Anne Chapman (1881-1948)

Rowlands Gill schoolteacher who served as a VAD nurse

Oliver John Dalton (1863-1917)

Jarrow born marine engineer served in the Royal Naval Reserve on HM Trawler Earl Lennox

James Douglas Forster (1894-1917)

Swalwell fitter served as an engine room artificer in the Royal Navy

James Edward Southren (1894-1918)

Sunderland man served with Royal Garrison Artillery shot days before the Armistice

Adolph Burdon (1886-1917)

Hartlepool labourer served as a stoker in the Royal Navy on HMS Staunch

Percy Gofton Batty (1895-1915)

Gateshead grocer served as an able seaman in the Royal Naval Division

Sydney Hunter (1882-1966)

Washington hotel proprietor served with 15th DLI won the DCM during the '100 Days Offensive'

Thomas Richardson (1894-1916)

South Shields man served with 1st/7th DLI

Robert John Terrell (1873-1917)

South Shields seaman served as a leading deck hand in the Royal Naval Reserve on HM Trawler Robert Smith

Herbert Barksby (1889-1917)

Seaham steward served as a trimmer cook in the Royal Naval Reserve on HM Trawler Robert Smith

Thomas Hunter (1880-1916)

'Lonely Anzac' from Medomsley, commemorated in Peterborough Cathedral

John (Jack) Reuben Griffin (1883-1957)

Man from Hull served with 2nd/6th DLI won DCM during the '100 Days Offensive'

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