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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James Alexander Laird (1897-1982)

Jarrow youth served on coastal patrols with the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve

Edward Fairless (1892-1916)

Lance Corporal in the 18th Battalion DLI commemorated by an oak tree at Wolsingham Grammar School

John Noble Lacey (1896-1918)

Lance Corporal in the 19th Battalion DLI commemorated by an oak tree at Wolsingham Grammar School

Ernest Lakey (1895-1975)

Hebburn born 'Tobin's TIger' one of two brothers who served in Canadian Forestry Corp

William Lendrem (1891-1968)

Barnard Castle man served in the Egyptian Expeditionary Force

William Lakey (1895 - 1970)

Older of two Felling brothers who served pre-war with the Rocky Mountain Rangers and then Canadian Forestry Corps

Stanley Laird (1894-1971)

Jarrow born awarded Military Medal for actions at Marquion and Canal de la Sensee fighting with CEF

John Thomas Patton (1892-1916)

South Shields born fought with Canadian 'Dismounted Horse' presumed killed in action at Thiepval Ridge

Arthur Harker (1892-1916)

Darlington farm labourer served with the Royal Regiment of Scotland

Henry Stobbart (1883-1921)

Stanley miner served in 19th Battalion Durham Light Infantry discharged with tuberculosis

James Anderson (1895-1916)

Stanley banksman served as a private in the Northumberland Fusiliers

Joseph William Robson (1895-1918)

Seaham born miner served in the 10th Durham Light Infantry

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