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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Christopher Warwick Sotheran (1881-1945)

Chilton born coal miner served in the Royal Naval Division

Alfred Frederick Maynard (1894-1916)

Durham School educated man served as a Lieutenant in the Royal Naval Division

Ethel Nevison Ion (1882-)

Bishop Auckland woman served in the Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps

Mary Elizabeth Cook (1878-)

Hedley Hope born woman served as a Voluntary Aid Detachment nurse

Victoria Anne Chapman (1881-1948)

Rowlands Gill schoolteacher who served as a VAD nurse

Oliver John Dalton (1863-1917)

Jarrow born marine engineer served in the Royal Naval Reserve on HM Trawler Earl Lennox

James Douglas Forster (1894-1917)

Swalwell fitter served as an engine room artificer in the Royal Navy

James Edward Southren (1894-1918)

Sunderland man served with Royal Garrison Artillery shot days before the Armistice

Adolph Burdon (1886-1917)

Hartlepool labourer served as a stoker in the Royal Navy on HMS Staunch

Percy Gofton Batty (1895-1915)

Gateshead grocer served as an able seaman in the Royal Naval Division

Sydney Hunter (1882-1966)

Washington hotel proprietor served with 15th DLI won the DCM during the '100 Days Offensive'

Thomas Richardson (1894-1916)

South Shields man served with 1st/7th DLI


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