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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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

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

John Stanley Clarke (1887-1917)

Gateshead man served as a sergeant in the Canadian Field Artillery and was killed at Passchendaele


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