ACTIVE GUNS: German soldiers fire their 77m field guns – the nortorious ‘Whizz Bangs’ George heard

Diary of Gunner George James: April 19 – 25, 1916

GUNNER George James spent Easter 1916 in the trenches near Ypres, but his mind was on the traditional ceremonies that he knew would be unfolding in the Methodist chapel in his home village of Littletown, in County Durham.

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Diary of Gunner George James: April 4 – 19, 1916

Chris Lloyd

NINETY-EIGHT years ago, our diarist, Gunner George James, was in the midst of one of the muddiest encounters of the First World War.

A soldier, his spoon and his spouse

Chris Lloyd

THIS is a story of some nurses and a spoon. The nurses were undoubtedly heroic, but the spoon is truly splendid.

Town prepares to mark outbreak of war centenary

Stuart Minting

A SERIES of events will be held in Thirsk to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

£500,000 Lottery grant to help County Durham remember First World War

Mark Tallentire

A LOTTERY grant of nearly £500,000 will help the North-East mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.


Browse through hundreds of war records or add your own

Browse through the records of hundreds North-East soldiers that fought in the First World War. Each week more records will be added from the Northern Echo archives. If a family member fought but is yet to be added, you can do so with the form provided.