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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Frank Berisford (1886-)

Manchester man served as an officer with the 10th Battalion Durham Light Infantry

Harry Dreebin (1894-1918)

Sunderland born Jewish man served with the King’s Own Scottish Borderers

Joseph Gillis (1892-1917)

Jewish man from Sunderland served in the Yorkshire Hussars

John Jackson (1887-1930)

Sunderland policeman served with AIF and Indian Army in Basra, Iraq

Robert Newton Vowell (1893-1917)

Engine machinist from Sunderland served in 1st/5th DLI commemorated on the Arras Memorial

Ernest Hardinge Veitch (1876-1959)

Printer from Durham served as captain in the 8th DLI

William Siddle

Man who served in the 18th (The Pals) DLI won the D.C.M. during the '100 Day Offensive'.

John George Wilkinson

Bishop Auckland man served with 18th and 20th DLI won DCM during the '100 Days Offensive'

Thomas Wilton Jenkins (1880-1923)

Son of Spennymoor Pawnbroker fought with AIF on Western Front

Ernest Clifford Powell (1895-1928)

Yorkshire man who served in the 18th DLI won the DCM during the 100 Day Offensive

Thomas Colin Jackson (1882-1935)

Wolsingham born groom served with AIF in Egypt and France


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