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 Pearson (1897-1918)

Catchgate resident served as a private in the 22nd DLI and the Labour Corps

Thomas Fettis (1898-1919)

Catchgate motor driver served in the Royal Army Service Corps

Samuel Eastwood (1885-1917)

Catchgate miner served as a lance sergeant with 10th DLI

William Robson (1887-1918)

Kyo mason served in 13th DLI

William Thompson Waddle (1871-1946)

Durham coal miner helped build tunnels at Messines for the Canadian Engineers

Thomas Horsfield Cummings (1894-1918)

Edmondsley miner served as second lieutenant with 5th DLI

Silas Bunce (1886-1918)

Belmont miner served as a private in the Yorkshire Regiment

John Walcote Gamble (1894-1916)

14th Battalion officer who wrote detailed letters home

Andrew Northcote (1890-1969)

Spennymoor man who was blinded in both eyes following a gunshot wound to his face

Frederick “Fred” Walton (1890-1969)

Crook man who commanded the 6th and 18th Battalions Durham Light Infantry

William Campbell Tyrie (1829-1899)

Gateshead father to nine children, five served during First World War

Kenneth Campbell Tyrie (1894-1960)

Gateshead man served with Canadian Army


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