WARTIME graffiti buried deep beneath a French battlefield has been unearthed 100 years after it was written by North-East soldiers.
THE Remembrance Sunday special edition of The Northern Echo provided an enormous shock for Arnold Stewart.
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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.
THOUGH the year of Durham Remembers events is coming to an end, the opportunities to discover the story of the Durham Light Infantry and the county’s brave servicemen is far from over.
THIS month sees the end of this year’s series of events and activities across the country marking the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.
THE family of a soldier awarded the Victoria Cross for leading a counter-attack, against greatly superior numbers, during a key part of the Battle of the Somme have spoken of their pride after a memorial to honour him was unveiled …
A Lottery-funded project has documented the story of the community hospitals of the First World War. Ashley Barnard reports.
A Darlington historian has found the stories behind the names on a plaque to fallen First World War soldiers in one of the town’s churches. Chris Webber talked to him.
YOUNGSTERS in County Durham are learning how the everyday lives of children their age were affected as the First World War raged in Western Europe a hundred years ago.
THEY died in their thousands and if they had failed in their objective millions of British people would have known severe hunger, even starvation; the war would have been lost and the history of the world would have been entirely …
A GROUP of young people are looking into how life as a child in the First World War compares to living in the 21st Century.
A FREE screening of the original documentary of the Battle of the Somme is to be shown on Armistice Day.
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 collectionGavin 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.
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 …
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.
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 …
In a quiet, shady spot overlooking the gently rolling French countryside, a wrong going back 100 years was finally righted yesterday.
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.
EXACTLY 100 years ago today was the Durham Light Infantry’s bloodiest day on the Somme.
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.