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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Samuel Palmer Laws (1884-1976)

Royal Field Artillery, received the Military Medal

Herbert Edward Hosking (1886-1917)

Indian-born man who attended Durham School and served in the 66th Punjabis

Mary Elizabeth Carter (1887-)

Munitions worker at Elswick lived in Dipton

Weymouth George Wash (1891-1956)

Butterknowle teacher who escaped from prisoner of war camp

Harry McEwan (1894-1917)

Stockton youth fought with Canadian Army killed at Vimy Ridge

John Willey (1891-1972)

Broomside man enlisted twice in Canadian Army served with Canadian Cyclists' Corps

Thomas Willey (1894-1942)

Brandon man served with Canadian Army wounded in last days of the war

Herbert Wilyman (1902-1992)

14-year-old Hartlepool boy enlisted in Canadian Army

Alfred Wilyman (1900-1918)

Hartlepool seaman died of pneumonia on ship

Archibald "Archie" Wray (1897-1950)

From Coundon to Canada to the Somme with the Canadian Army

Alexander Fenton (1888-1956)

Gateshead man wounded in both feet transferred to Canadian Army Medical Corps as an orderly

James Rae (1887-1916)

Sunderland man served as a private in Canadian Army killed at Zillebeke

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