ONE hundred years ago, the telegram boys in the North-East were beginning one of their busiest periods of the First World War, delivering dreadful news to the families of young men out fighting in Flanders fields.
Last poppy of 19,240 sewn onto striking remembrance display ahead of unveiling in West Cornforth, near FerryhillFlossie Mainwaring-Taylor
A STRIKING display of almost 20,000 hand-crafted poppies will be unveiled in West Cornforth in honour of boys and men who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the First World War.
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A RARE First World War wireless station is among five historically significant places listed today to mark 70 years of protecting England’s significant buildings.
Horrific deaths of seven North-East sailors, murdered by German who became Himmler’s henchman, remembered on 100th anniversaryGavin Engelbrecht
THE deaths of seven North-East sailors 100 years ago today in one of the most heinous crimes of the First World War will be marked during a poignant ceremony.
Special status for war memorial to Arthur “Patch” Watson who lost his life at Battle of PasschendaeleTony Kearney
A WAR memorial dedicated to a soldier tragically killed as he waited to be transferred back to England carrying his comrades’ letters from the front has been given protected status.
A MUSEUM which was instrumental in the quest to name an unknown First World War soldier, has put on display some of the objects which finally helped identify him.
THE homecoming of a miner who won a Victoria Cross while serving as a Western Front stretcher bearer is set to be re-enacted in a pit town.
This summer will mark the centenary of one of World War One’s most infamous battles – Passchendaele. Ahead of the anniversary, David Young journeys to Belgium to explore a still scarred landscape where 100 years ago his grandfather was wounded …
THE boys and men who left County Durham to serve in the First World War, never to return, will each be represented on a community’s remembrance poppy display.
A VILLAGE intent on marking the exact time of death of each of its villagers killed fighting during the First World War has just held its 27th memorial service.
War hero Tom Dresser who won Victoria Cross in First World War honoured with statue in MiddlesbroughGraeme Hetherington
A TRUE war hero has been honoured 100 years to the day since he showed unflinching courage in the face of the enemy on the battlefield.
THE centenary of a North-East miner’s gallantry on a First World War battlefield was marked with the unveiling of a commemorative stone heralding the act of valour.
A £50,000 project is being launched to explore the story of the only two brothers to be awarded the Victoria Cross in the First World War and the village in which they live.
A WREATH has been laid in Durham cathedral to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of a 24-year-old Durham Pal.
A VICTORIA CROSS winner is to be permanently commemorated as part of a day of events in the County Durham village of Witton Park, where he was born.
FOR the Durhams, the Battle of Passchendaele began at 3.50am on July 31, 1917, when the buglers sent the 20th Battalion over the top into the Flanders mud.
Celebrating courageous exploits of the British Army’s youngest Victoria Cross recipient, one of the famous Fighting BradfordsChris Lloyd
AT 3.15pm exactly 100 years ago this afternoon, two battalions of the Durham Light Infantry rose up out of their trenches to attack enemy lines, led by Lt Col Roland Bradford.
Denied truth for 100 years – daughter of DLI soldier learns her father was wrongly shot at dawn as a cowardGavin Engelbrecht
THE previously unknown truth behind the tragic and senseless death of a Durham Light Infantry soldier 100 years ago today has finally solved a life-long mystery.
THE Remembrance Sunday special edition of The Northern Echo provided an enormous shock for Arnold Stewart.
Graffiti left by Durham Light Infantry soldiers in tunnels beneath First World War battlefield is discovered a century onTony Kearney
WARTIME graffiti buried deep beneath a French battlefield has been unearthed 100 years after it was written by North-East soldiers.
ON the east bank of the River Skerne, there used to be a network of tight terraced streets with hundreds of homes that were cleared away in the late 1960s so the inner ring road could bulldoze through.
Whistles were blown to start one of the Somme’s bloodiest days… at home the wait for news was torturousChris Lloyd
WHAT time are you reading this? At 9.10am this very day 100 years ago, hundreds of Durham men slithered up out of their rain-lashed trenches on the Somme and tried to wade through waist-deep sticky mud to attack a heavily …
ON the day the nation remembers our brave fallen, it has emerged two North-East towns suffered greater losses than most.
More than 50 war memorials given listed status as part of centenary drive to protect future of commemorative sitesFlossie Mainwaring-Taylor
MORE than 50 memorials commemorating fallen soldiers across the region have been listed to mark the centenary of the First World War.
Romantic, caring, both brave and afraid… the wartime experiences of a County Durham soldier are revealed through a series of treasured postcards – many sent home from the Somme. Chris Lloyd tells Private Abraham Stewart’s story.