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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Arnold Pumphrey (1891-1917)

Sunderland solicitor who served with 20th DLI awarded DSO

William Laidler (1894-1951)

South Shields born lamp-lighter for North East Railways wounded in France serving with AIF

Benjamin Leggett (1879-1968)

Chilton stoneworker fought on the Somme with 1st Battalion AIF

Geoffrey Peirson (1888-)

Brancepeth man who served with 4th and 18th DLI was awarded DSO

David Laing (1878-1915)

Gateshead born veteran of Boer War killed in action serving with ANZAC forces at Gallipoli

Thomas Leeming (1895-1962)

Throston born served at Gallipoli and on the Somme with 3rd Field Ambulance Company, AIF

(John) Thomas Leeming (1875-1939)

Darlington Iron Moulder served with Australian 1st Railway Company in France

Edward McGovern (1890-1918)

Tantobie coal miner served in the Royal Naval Reserve on HM Trawler Remindo

Thomas Wake Ellis (1897-1918)

Sunderland rivet heater served as a seaman in the Royal Navy on HMS Renown

Cecil John Wright (1891-1918)

Windy Nook machinist served as a seaman in the Royal Navy and was lost when HMS Louvain was sunk

Albert Edward Reed (1899-1918)

Gateshead shop assistant served as a seaman in the Royal Navy and was lost when HMS Louvain was sunk

Peter McCourt (1898-1918)

Blackhill labourer served as a stoker in the Royal Navy and was lost when HMS Louvain was sunk


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