Outstanding bravery of World War hero to be remembered at special Ripon Cathedral service

November 29, 2017

AN outstanding First World War soldier is to be remembered at a special service at Ripon Cathedral on Thursday.

Homework of schoolgirl from Hunton, Richmond, reveals a VC hero in the family

HISTORY homework has sparked a story of love and war after a schoolgirl traced her family tree to a heroic soldier.

You’ll be amazed at this fantastic woollen poppy display in West Cornforth

October 18, 2017

THERE were gasps of amazement and a round of applause as the curtain dropped on a breath-taking display of almost 20,000 knitted poppies on Saturday.

One man’s story of First World War brought to life in Teesdale to mark centenary of major campaign

A STORY of one man’s war will be brought to life to mark the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele.

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

August 30, 2017

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

August 7, 2017

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

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

July 31, 2017

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

July 28, 2017

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.

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

July 10, 2017

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.

David Young journeys to Belgium ahead of the centenary of the Passchendaele battle

July 4, 2017

This summer will mark the centenary of one of World War One’s most infamous battles – Passchendaele. Ahead of the anniversary, David Young journeys to Belgium to explore a still scarred landscape where 100 years ago his grandfather was wounded …

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.