RAF squadron leader Ruth Shackleton is a high-flyer in every way

Brought up in South Shields and Northumberland, Ruth Shackleton is now team manager of the Red Arrows

Stories of First World War service and hardship inspire Durham artists

An exhibition in Seaham draws on the stories of men and women who suffered at home and overseas during 1914-18

Alnwick soldier tells how colleague saved his life in Afghanistan

Corporal Richard Jobson was injured in Afghanistan in 2013 when a rebel opened fire in his Army base

North East Soldiers head out to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Squaddies based at Catterick will go out to oversea the country ahead of October elections

The UK's largest ever warship HMS Queen Elizabeth tests the waters

North East workers were among a huge team to work on HMS Queen Elizabeth...and it officially floats

Tyne shipyard at a standstill as workers watch naming of HMS Queen Elizabeth

A&P in Hebburn build the flight deck and hanger for the new Queen Elizabeth II class aircraft carriers

Navy veteran finally gets the hero's medal he deserves

Navy veteran James Newlands has been recognised for his role in one of the most dangerous missions of WW2 - almost 60 years after the event

Businessmen and women take on challenge of being an Army reserve

Managers swap office for great outdoors for military-style challenge in Northumberland

North East veterans visit Normandy for anniversary of D-Day landings

D-Day veterans from the North East returned to France to mark the 70th anniversary of the Normandy Landings. The Journal spoke to a few of them

Wounded North East veterans take on Virgin Money Cyclone Challenge

Former soldiers from the North East will take part in the Virgin Money Cyclone Challenge to raise funds to help injured ex-servicemen and women

Old family diaries and cine films inspire author's latest book

Author Janet MacLeod Trotter used newly discovered family archive material in reasearching her new novel

Denise Robertson: Moved by memories of our dwindling number of D-Day war veterans

The 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings will be especially poignant believes Journal columnist Denise Robertson

Retired Northumberland army captain praised for over 60 years of volunteering

Ahead of Volunteers' Week, Captain Allan Buck from Northumberland tells how he has been giving up his time for over 60 years

Doctors and nurses take on Army medic challenge in Newcastle

Testing day for teams of medics from across the region as they try their hands at Army-style emergencies

Sunderland prepares for First World War centenary with posters exhibition

A selection of First World War recruitment posters are on show in Sunderland to mark the centenary

MoD criticised over death of County Durham soldier Dean Hutchinson

A coroner has criticised the Ministry of Defence for a series of failures over the deaths of two soldiers in Afghanistan

MoD criticised over Durham soldier's death

A coroner has criticised the Ministry of Defence for a series of failures over the deaths of two soldiers in Afghanistan.

Coroner to rule on death of County Durham soldier

A coroner has retired to consider his conclusions for the deaths of two British soldiers who died in a fire as they served in Afghanistan.

UKIP candidate is evicted from hotel after angry outburst during political meeting

Stephen Brand, a  UKIP candidate, was asked to leave the Park Hotel in Tynemouth following his outburst at North Tyneside Question Time

Massive increase in Afghanistan veterans seeking mental health support

Experts warn the 57% jump in numbers of former soldiers seeking mental health support the last 12 months is just the tip of the iceberg

Explorer Conrad Dickinson tells of polar adventure guiding Prince Harry

Explorer Conrad Dickinson is to talk at Wooler Outdoor Week about his experience guiding Prince Harry to the South Pole

Inquest into North East soldier who died in Afghanistan fire

Two British soldiers died in a fire that engulfed their tent as they slept at Camp Bastion, an inquest has heard

Three bodies found in the River Tyne in Northumberland after kayaking trip

Three bodies have been found in the River Tyne in Northumberland after a family kayaking trip failed to return home

North East Royal Navy reservist returns home aboard warship HMS Tyne

Able Rate Edward Warrington has returned to his native North East aboard the warship HMS Tyne

Destroyer HMS Dauntless leaves the North East with a 'maritime donut'

Fear not! This 7,300-tonne guided missile destroyer has not been taken for a teenage joyride

Artwork honour for heroic North East Second World War pilot

The Sunderland village of Ryhope has honoured a hero pilot from the Second World War who steered his aircraft away from houses

General Sir Richard Shirreff warns army restructure is 'one hell of a risk'

Restructuring the army is “one hell of a risk” that will weaken the armed forces, one of Britain’s most senior generals has warned

Royal Navy destroyer HMS Dauntless returns home to the River Tyne

The Royal Navy type 45 destroyer HMS Dauntless has returned home to Newcastle – for a few days at least

Newcastle-born Royal Navy commander gets Queen’s Commendation

Commander Chris Godwin has been awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service with the Royal Navy

Family gets permission to apply for fresh inquest into Deepcut death

The Government's chief legal adviser has given permission to Private Cheryl James' family to apply for a new inquest

Crowds line the streets of Gateshead for soldiers' freedom parade

Gateshead based 72 Engineer Regiment marched through the town to celebrate its freedom of the borough

Tributes paid to soldier from Newcastle killed in Afghanistan

Tributes have been paid to Tyneside soldier, Sapper Adam Moralee, who was killed whilst on duty in Afghanistan

North East war veteran getting life back on track thanks to Norcare

A North East war veteran who has struggled after leaving the forces moving forward after working with the Norcare Veterans' Centre

Rare Durham Light Infantry poster still up for grabs after failing to sell

Recruitment poster found amongst hoard of war memorabilia fails to attract buyer at auction

Hexham MP backs plan to help soldiers become UK citizens

Northumberland MP Guy Opperman backed legislation making it easier for foreigners in the British armed forces to become citizens

Newcastle Polytechnic graduate privileged to take up top RAF post

Newcastle Polytechnic graduate Sue Gray has been appointed Air Vice Marshal, the most senior position held by a woman in the UK armed forces

Holy Island residents praised for tackling blaze as tide delays emergency services

Residents on Holy Island in Northumberland used extinguishers and buckets of water to fight the blaze on Saturday night as the closure of its causeway delayed the attendance of mainland emergency services

Former Ashington soldier on pirate-hunting mission arrested in India

Ex-soldier Nick Dunn from Ashington is among six men being held by Indian authorities on weapons charges

Armed Forces cuts: Rebel MPs fail on vote

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond defeated an amendment put forward by Conservative back-benchers calling for a halt to his Defence Reform Bill for further financial scrutiny

Inquest hears details of North East soldier's death

The father of a killed North East soldier has called for military chiefs to constantly review the threat posed by insider attacks


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