A UNIQUE display of knitted poppies is being created to mark a special tribute to a community’s fallen in conflicts from around the world.
THE family of a soldier killed in the Battle of the Somme have attended a special football match played in his honour.
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EXACTLY 100 years ago this weekend, two brave local soldiers – one a VC, the other a MC – were killed in the same trench on the Somme.
A RELATIVE has revealed the fate of two soldiers captured in a rare photograph as they made their way to the Somme – where both would be casualties on the first day of that momentous battle.
HISTORIANS are looking for help tracing the identity of First World War soldiers captured on photographs as they waited to go over the top 100 years ago.
THE centenary of the Battle of the Somme is being commemorated at a North-East museum with a weekend of activities.
THE country will fall silent on Friday to honour those who gave their lives in the bloodiest battle in British military history.
AN old photograph kept in a biscuit tin has reunited a family.
YOUNGSTERS from the region will be among a national schools delegation travelling to France next month to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.
THE village of Evenwood was on tenterhooks 100 years ago. The whole country had been waiting for nearly two years for the Royal Navy – the pride of the nation – to join the war, and on May 31, 1916, …
A DURHAM University student has taken the first steps in a poignant 950-mile journey on foot to the battlefields of the Somme.
ONE hundred years ago this weekend, 16 men were secretly spirited out of the dungeons of Richmond castle and sent by train to the killing fields of northern France where their own government hoped they would be shot at dawn …
HISTORIANS from Germany and Britain have collaborated on what’s believed to be a unique bilingual book about the German bombardment of the East coast in 1914.
GRAFFITI which reveals an often-forgotten chapter of the First World War is to be saved from crumbling away to dust.
THE Durham Pals had spent a week at sea but, 100 years ago this week, within six hours of their feet touching the steady dry land of the port of Marseilles, they were packed into trains for the long journey …
Tony Kearney tells what the Durham Pals – volunteer soldiers from across the region – were doing 100 years ago this week, in the build up to their date with destiny: July 1, 1916, and the Battle of the Somme.…
THE fascinating secret stories of the men who appealed against having to serve in the trenches during the First World War are slowly being revealed.
PUPILS at Wolsingham School have begun a project to commemorate soldiers who lost their lives in one of the biggest battles of the First World War.
A NEW database containing a generation of men who served in the First World War is now available thanks to a major project.
DLI First World War Victoria Cross hero Thomas Kenny honoured by home village of Wheatley Hill, 100 years onMark Tallentire
THE skies above Wheatley Hill were eerily thick with mist as a trio of buglers from the Durham (The Rifles) Company sounded The Last Post shortly after 11am.
Wheatley Hill miner awarded Durham Light Infantry’s first Victoria Cross of Great War was just ‘doing his duty’Chris Lloyd
Welcome, welcome once again
Hero brave and bold
To the school where you were taught
In the days of old.
Sergeant John Teasdale survived the Great War thanks to ‘a series of miracles’. His ‘vivid narrative’ of his experiences still chills to the bone.
FOR 97 years, Private Edward Henry Pratt lay in an unmarked grave in Darlington’s West Cemetery. But on Wednesday, that wrong will be righted: this soldier of the First World War will be properly recognised when an official headstone is …
POSTMAN George Thorn was due to be away from home for a fortnight in 1914 when he did his annual stint as a naval reservist.
The sacrifice of war was felt most keenly in Bowburn, a community of 200 homes of which 47 endured the pain of losing a loved one.