REMEMBERED: Sunderland Empire to screen the original 1916 documentary on the Battle of the Somme

Sunderland Empire to screen original Somme documentary to mark anniversary of battle

Tony Kearney

A FREE screening of the original documentary of the Battle of the Somme is to be shown on Armistice Day.

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Tony Kearney tells what the Durham Pals - volunteer soldiers from across the region - were doing 100 years ago, in the build-up to their date with destiny: July 1, 1916, and the Battle of the Somme.
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Nick Gullon has been through The Northern Echo archives, selecting a story from each day of 1915, painting a vivid of picture of what life was like on the home front as well as in the trenches, and creating an interactive journey through the war years.
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Search our database of over 1,800 soldiers from the region who fought and died in the First World War.
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In 2014, we appealed to all secondary schools in the region to ask their pupils to write a poem to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.
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An appeal to raise £100,000 for the modern military heroes - those servicemen and women who return physically and mentally injured from war zones such as Afghanistan.
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Remembering the Yorkshire Regiment’s Pte John Sedman – after 99 years

Mark Foster

A SOLDIER who died as a result of being gassed during the First World War has been commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission for the first time.

Prayer book that stopped German bayonet being thrust into Somme hero’s chest is donated to DLI collection

Gavin Havery

A SOLDIER’S prayer book, which saved his life when he was bayoneted in the chest, has been donated to a North-East military collection.

How Winnipeg the bear went to war

Chris Lloyd

I HAVE travelled from the Somme to the Wear this week looking at riverbank benches. They have been installed, partly through the generosity of readers of The Northern Echo, to commemorate the sacrifices made by the Durham Pals in the …

Family of soldier killed in Battle of the Somme reveal last letter sent home before his death

Stuart Arnold

THE family of a village’s only soldier killed in action during the First World War have come forward with the last letter he sent home before his death.

Respect for Pals’ bravery given a new benchmark

Chris Lloyd

BESIDE the bandstand on the banks of the River Wear, on September 24, 1914, the young men of Durham – all friends together – gathered on the grassy expanse of the Racecourse and took the first steps on a journey …

Sacrifice of the Durham Pals is marked at The Somme 100 years on

Chris Lloyd

In a quiet, shady spot overlooking the gently rolling French countryside, a wrong going back 100 years was finally righted yesterday.

Home town honour for teacher-turned-soldier on centenary of Victoria Cross

Stuart Minting

A MEMORIAL honouring the actions of a teacher-turned-soldier who is among an elite group of people to have received both the Victoria and Military Cross will be unveiled at a ceremony attended by several members of his family.

The 405 heroes of the Durham Light Infantry who died on the regiment’s bloodiest day of the Somme

Chris Lloyd

EXACTLY 100 years ago today was the Durham Light Infantry’s bloodiest day on the Somme.

Service planned for farmer’s son turned war hero who was killed in Battle of the Somme

Stuart Arnold

A MAN’s efforts to achieve recognition for a farmer’s son who was killed in the Battle of the Somme during the First World War are to result in a remembrance service on the centenary of his death.

Service for the real life ‘Saving Private Ryan’ who was brought home after his five brothers were killed on the Front

Katie Richardson

A SOLDIER dubbed the real-life Saving Private Ryan after he was brought home from the First World War when his five brothers were killed will be commemorated during a special service next week.

Service for courageous Earl of Feversham who fell to German gunfire as he stood to rally his men

Stuart Minting

A COURAGEOUS earl who died while standing up to rally his troops in the “unadulterated hell” of the Somme battlefield is to be honoured with a commemoration service.

Play tells the tale of four brothers who went to war and wrote their names into history books

Viv Hardwick

WE are unlikely to ever see again the dedication to duty and bravery of the North-East brothers nicknamed The Fighting Bradfords, says playwright Carina Rodney about putting the story of the four First World War heroes on stage.

Footballer killed in the Somme remembered at Northern League match

Dani Walker

THE family of a soldier killed in the Battle of the Somme have attended a special football match played in his honour.

Knitted poppy tribute to fallen is on track

Graeme Hetherington

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.

Promising composer and lifelong steelworker killed in Somme trenches 100 years ago

Chris Lloyd

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.

Relative sheds light on fate of two men captured in rare photograph as they made their to the Somme

Gavin Engelbrecht

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.

Bid to trace unknown soldiers of the Durham Light Infantry

Tony Kearney

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.

Beamish Museum to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme

Gavin Engelbrecht

THE centenary of the Battle of the Somme is being commemorated at a North-East museum with a weekend of activities.

Guide to events as region falls silent to honour Somme sacrifice

Tony Kearney

THE country will fall silent on Friday to honour those who gave their lives in the bloodiest battle in British military history.

Family reunited by old photograph of Somme casualty

Tony Kearney

AN old photograph kept in a biscuit tin has reunited a family.

A hundred County Durham children to take part in special Somme centenary service

Catherine Priestley

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 Evenwood lads who died at the Battle of Jutland 100 years ago

Chris Lloyd

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, …

Durham University student takes first steps in poignant walk to the Somme

Gavin Engelbrecht

A DURHAM University student has taken the first steps in a poignant 950-mile journey on foot to the battlefields of the Somme.

Fighting against the war

Chris Lloyd

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 …