Last poppy of 19,240 sewn onto striking remembrance display ahead of unveiling in West Cornforth, near Ferryhill

Flossie 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.

The Durhams at Passchendaele where the first few hours turned into a mud and blood bath

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.

First World War wireless station in Stockton is preserved for posterity

The Northern Echo

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 anniversary

Gavin 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 Passchendaele

Tony 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.

How a North Yorkshire war hero was finally identified – after 100 years in a French field

Mark Foster

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.

Parade to be held in Stanley to mark centenary of Michael Heaviside coming home with Victoria Cross

Tony Kearney

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.

A poppy for each County Durham soldier who fell in WWI

Catherine Priestley

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.

Great Ayton villagers mark exact moment their First World War soldiers died

Emily Flanagan

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 Middlesbrough

Graeme 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.

Durham war hero’s battlefield bravery marked 100 years on

Bruce Unwin

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.

Village history project will focus on the Fighting Bradfords

Dani Walker

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.

Tributes paid to 24-year-old Durham Pal on 100th anniversary of his death

Chris Lloyd

A WREATH has been laid in Durham cathedral to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of a 24-year-old Durham Pal.

The courage of Roland Boys Bradford enshrined in history

Chris Lloyd

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.

Walking in the footsteps of a Flanders hero

Chris Lloyd

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 Bradfords

Chris 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 coward

Gavin 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.

Man learns more of mum and dad’s romance after Echo publishes First World War love letters

Chris Lloyd

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 on

Tony Kearney

WARTIME graffiti buried deep beneath a French battlefield has been unearthed 100 years after it was written by North-East soldiers.

The 13 boys of one Darlington street who never came home

Chris Lloyd

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.