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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David Henry Flett (1881-1917)

Chief Engineer on the SS Warnow, sunk by a U-boat

John Willie Russell (1891-1917)

Durham City mason's labourer joined 8th Battalion DLI in 1908

David Iceton (1878-1916)

Lance Corporal with Yorkshire Regiment

Private Albert George Furn

2nd Battalion, Durham Light Infantry

Sergeant William Powell

Military Medal recipient, 19th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry

Martin William Hall (1889-1956)

Hetton-le-Hole born man served with the DLI and the Labour Corps

Joseph Ramsay (1891-1958)

Coal miner from Brandon served in the Royal Field Artillery

Charles Davies (1878-1919)

Shildon railway worker who served with the 19th Hussars

Benjamin Chipchase Clayton (1895-1917)

Art teacher from Edmondsley who won the Military Cross

Tom Spencer (1893-1917)

Yorkshire man served with 18th DLI commemorated on Arras Memorial

John William Wilkinson Brydon (1897-1917)

South Moor miner served in the 2nd Battalion DLI

Thomas James Price (1878-1915)

Company Quartermaster-Sergeant in the 8th Battalion DLI


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