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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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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