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

May 24, 2017

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.

Durham war hero’s battlefield bravery marked 100 years on

May 7, 2017

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

March 16, 2017

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.

The courage of Roland Boys Bradford enshrined in history

March 8, 2017

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.

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

December 6, 2016

THE Remembrance Sunday special edition of The Northern Echo provided an enormous shock for Arnold Stewart.

Whistles were blown to start one of the Somme’s bloodiest days… at home the wait for news was torturous

November 11, 2016

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 …

Durham and Bishop Auckland suffered some of most losses in First World War, new research reveals

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 sites

MORE than 50 memorials commemorating fallen soldiers across the region have been listed to mark the centenary of the First World War.

Postcards home from an Easington miner to his Chilton wife

November 10, 2016

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.

Never before seen artifacts of the Durham Light Infantry to go on show

November 8, 2016

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.

How Durham remembered the sacrifice of the brave men who fought for our freedom

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.

Family’s pride at memorial honouring VC winner Archie White

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 …

DLI paid heavily for infamous assault to take ugly mound dubbed ‘that miniature Gibraltar’

November 7, 2016

The battalions of the Durham Light Infantry paid heavily for its infamous assault on the Butte de Warlencourt, an ugly mound of land dubbed ‘that miniature Gibraltar’. Chris Lloyd counts the cost.

Angels of their patients

A Lottery-funded project has documented the story of the community hospitals of the First World War. Ashley Barnard reports.

Stories behind the names enshrined on a Darlington plaque to the fallen

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.

Children learn about life for their counterparts 100 years ago as war raged in Western Europe

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.

Remembering the 250,000 forgotten heroes of the British Mercantile Marine

November 6, 2016

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 …

The innocents of war

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.

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

October 26, 2016

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

Remembering the Yorkshire Regiment’s Pte John Sedman – after 99 years

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.