The people of the North-East of England played a priceless role in the Great War. Use the pins on the map below to find out more about veterans from your area as over this centenary year we tell their stories.

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Lieutenant John Gill Appleby: 54.487064, -1.525452
Major Edward Lyall: 54.473714, -1.644340
John Worstenholm: 54.534277, -1.513249
Harold Easby: 54.532884, -1.620946
Thomas, George, James & Roland Bradford: 54.664521, -1.730191
Sergeant Edward Cooper: 54.571336, -1.293527
Private Edward Smith: 54.542103, -1.549321
Corporal Albert Swannell: 54.542057, -1.549184
Sergeant Harold Ellerby: 54.542370, -1.550402
Private Frederick Porter: 54.542866, -1.552450
Private Charles Chapman: 54.542959, -1.552822
Guardsman William Kay: 54.542666, -1.551633
Private George Bowes: 54.542701, -1.551778
Lance Corporal Ernest Allen: 54.543133, -1.553523
Private James Tailford: 54.542824, -1.552345
Private Herbert Bloomer: 54.542892, -1.552656
Sapper Harold Moutrey: 54.543085, -1.553444
Private Lawrence Harrison: 54.543191, -1.553712
Sergeant Percy Foster: 54.543248, -1.553987
Lance Corporal Arthur Dixon: 54.687350, -1.562309
2nd Lieutenant Joseph Booth: 54.518946, -1.549523
Second Lieutenant Joseph Pease: 54.563122, -1.720484
Lance Corporal Alix Oliffe Liddle: 54.522009, -1.578059
Rifleman Edward Roberts: 54.675587, -1.597025
Gunner George James: 54.784051, -1.474042
Private Walter Rogers: 54.653281, -1.677869
Gunner John Alderson Scott: 54.436608, -2.029211
Lieutenant J Norman Procter: 54.022228, -2.047636
Private Joseph Weston: 54.686807, -1.548545
Private Allan Yates: 54.536123, -1.562065
Private Edward Henry Pratt: 54.596819, -1.564281
Third Engineer Algernon Wilkinson: 54.566382, -1.316572
Corporal Stanley Clarkson: 54.569466, -1.983072
Lance Sergeant Thomas Kenny VC: 54.749065, -1.416916
Private George Walton: 54.624030, -2.081570
Private Walter Galloway: 54.739000, -1.465000
Private Herbert Grainger: 54.633022, -1.656829
Privates Thomas & Wilfred Wake: 55.608960, -1.709900
Sergeant Reg Park: 54.532275, -1.552576
Michael Joseph Lowery and James McKeown: 54.733765, -1.522667
George Thorn: 54.570521, -1.980447
Sergeant John Teasdale: 54.522215, -1.534124

Able Seaman Francis Gill Cowing and 1st Class Stoker Herbert Christie


ON January 12, 1918, two British warships were wrecked in a blizzard on rocks off the Orkneys. Of the 189 men on board, only one survived. Indeed, as the ships were smashed up by the seas, only 55 bodies could …

George Burdon McKean VC


THERE is a mountain named after him in Canada and a market square in France – but until recently little was known of First World War hero George Burdon McKean VC in his birth town of Willington.

Private Newrick Curry

Fencehouses, Houghton-le-Spring

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

Thomas May Fletcher


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.

Brigadier-General Roland Boys Bradford

Witton Park

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.

Lance Corporal John McDonald


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.

Cpl Robert Pitt

Annfield Plain

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 …

Private Henry Johnson

Hilton, near Yarm

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.

Lt George Butterworth and Pte William Short

York and Eston

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.

Private Thomas Kenny

Wheatley Hill

Welcome, welcome once again
Hero brave and bold
To the school where you were taught
In the days of old.

Sergeant John Teasdale


Sergeant John Teasdale survived the Great War thanks to ‘a series of miracles’. His ‘vivid narrative’ of his experiences still chills to the bone.

Private Edward Henry Pratt

Cockerton, Darlington

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 …

George Thorn

Chapel Cottage, Cotherstone

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.

Michael Lowery and James McKeown


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.

Private Roger Walters

Bishop Auckland

BISHOP Auckland had never seen anything like it. The unpolished oak coffin, wrapped in a Union flag, led a procession more than a mile long through the streets to the cemetery.

Lance Corporal Alix Oliffe Liddle


A Christmas card begins the tale of one of Darlington’s sons, who became the first British soldier to die on the mainland in the First World War.

Sergeant Reg Park


ON July 20, 1916, Captain Anthony Eden, the future Prime Minister, wrote from the First World War trenches to John Park, a grocer’s assistant of High Northgate, Darlington.

Bravest of the brave

Victoria Cross Winners

Chris Lloyd reports on the men who won the ultimate award for bravery during the First World War: the Victoria Cross.

Private William Alfred Singyard


ONE hundred years after his death, a First World War soldier has finally been given a burial befitting a hero after his remains were found by French construction workers.

Quartermaster Sergeant Alfred Harris


QUARTERMASTER Sergeant Alfred Harris fought throughout the First World War and when he returned to civvy street, he found himself still wearing military uniforms – to promote films in Darlington’s cinemas.