Your Durham, Your History


This website tells the story of County Durham and its people in the First World War. Individual stories about people, places, events and organisations will reveal the impact of the conflict on entire communities a hundred years ago. Many stories focus on the home front and how life changed for both adults and young people. You can also explore the extraordinary lives lived by ordinary Durham people away from home in the years 1914 to 1919. Help us to discover, research and share new and forgotten stories about the area between the Rivers Tyne and Tees as part of the First World War centenary commemorations.

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James Crosby (1886-1917)

South Shields born fireman served as an engineman on HM Trawler New Comet

Richard Frederick "Fred" Abbott (1989-1917)

Hartlepool man served in the West Yorkshire Regiment in Flanders

John Reed Richardson (1888-1917)

Sunderland fitter served as an engine room artificer on HM Submarine E36

Clarence Rampley (1886-1917)

Bradford man served with 1st/6th DLI commemorated on Arras Memorial

Howell Rees (1886-1917)

Welshman served with 23rd and 10th DLI commemorated on Arras Memorial

Frank Home Reay (1885-1917)

Sunderland man served with 18th DLI

Meeting of Stanley War Savings (and Food Economy) Committee

Councillors discussed the best method of encouraging food savings

Charles Alfred Mordey (1896-1918)

Sunderland man served with 20th DLI father was also killed

Stanley Hornsby Kent (1890-1917)

Northeast rugby player was awarded the Military Cross and Bar whilst serving in the Canadian Army

Charles Payne Foster (1894-1916)

Sunderland man served as a private in the Canadian Expeditionary Force and was killed at the Somme

John James Gawn (1888-1919)

Sunderland man served six months with the Canadian Army before being diagnosed with tuberculosis

Thomas Hall Coulthard (1875-1916)

Jarrow man served in the Canadian Army deserting then re-enlisting before dying on the Somme


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