This year marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One and we have assembled galleries of pictures, stories and mementoes in tribute to the North East men and women who lived and died during that terrible and extraordinary time.
These stories are also in the gallery above.
Victor Campbell of Gateshead, died in 1917, aged 37. Kings Liverpool Regiment. MP Ronnie Campbell of Blyth, his grandson, tells his story: "My grandad Victor Campbell was born 1880 in Hood Street Gateshead.
"Victor worked as a draper before he was conscripted into the Kings Liverpool Regiment in Ashington. He died on 16 August 1917 at Flanders, Belgium during WW1. My understanding is that my grandad was a stretcher-bearer on the battlefield.
"As a family, we cannot find out where he is buried. We are told he is probably in a mass grave, but he could be one of many that are missing. Victor is remembered in the Tyne Cot Memorial and on the memorial at Ashington.
"I contacted the War Graves Commission. Victor could be in one of the many unmarked graves, however, I am still trying to establish this."
Alma Grant nee McNay, of Bearpark, born 1881. Photo taken in 1915. Michael Charlton of Framwellgate Moor, her great nephew, tells the story:
"Alma was a nurse at Durham county hospital. She applied to work in France and served for several years in hospitals in France. She nursed a wounded Scottish soldier called Jack Grant and they fell in love.
"Alma and Jack married during the war and lived in Fishburn for the rest of their lives. They never had any children."
Pte George Wood (left in the photograph), of Scotswood, Newcastle. Pte George Wood, West Yorkshire Regiment - British Army.
Andrew Ashwell of Gibraltar, his Great Grandson, said: "Pte George Wood was injured on active service (gassed) and was missing for some time (well before the days of modern communications) before being located in a hospital in France. According to his Service Record, he was then placed in a Labour Regiment along with other injured soldiers."
William Carlaw, of Elswick, Newcastle upon Tyne, born 1885, died 1933, aged 48. Veronica Chapman of Newcastle upon Tyne, his grandaughter, said: "Photograph sent to his brother Percy, signed Will. He served in the Army Services Corp and the Highland Light Infantry King's Own Scottish Boarderers. He contracted malaria and was sent home."
Edward Devanney, of Gateshead, born 1897, died 1962, aged 65. PTE 25/903 25th Northumberland Fusiliers 2nd Tyneside Irish.
Michael Clark of Cramlington, his grandson, said: "As he was too young to join the army at the outbreak of war he enlisted using his deceased brothers name (James) and birth certificate.
"On the first day of the battle of the Somme his regiment were one of the first waves to attack German lines.
"In an advanced position he and a number of soldiers set up a machine gun position. On running out of ammunition he volunteered to return to the British lines for re- supply. On the way back he came across one of his officers who had been seriously wounded.
"Placing the officer in a shell hole for protection he assured him he would send a stretcher bearer as soon as possible. On reaching British lines he informed the medics of the injured officers position and set out for the third time to cross no mans land with the ammunition.
"He unfortunately lost his bearings and could not find the location of the machine gun position. Under heavy fire he thought he saw his objective directly ahead and made for that position. It however, turned out to be a German trench. Prisoner for the remainder of the war. Awarded a Military Medal."
William Armstrong, of Emmaville, West Ryton, born 1889, died 1917, aged 28. Private Royal Engineers formerly Coldstream Guards.
Michael Hardy of Crawcrook, and The Ryton & District War Memorials Project, said: "William was the son of Margaret and the late William Armstrong, of Crawcrook. A miner at Emma Colliery he enlisted into the Coldstream Guards on the 10th August 1914.
"William was reported as being wounded in action on the 21st April 1915 and was subsequently transferred to the Royal Engineers on the 1st of May 1915. William had been involved in the retreat from Mons and on his return to England on leave he attended a social evening in his home village and was presented with a purse of gold by the inhabitants of Crawcrook.
"Sadly William sufferred badly from shell shock and died in Sedgefield Lunatic Asylum on the 22nd February 1917.William lies in St John's Churchyard, Greenside.
"Following evidence presented to them by the Ryton & District War Memorials Project Team, William was commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in 2005 and his name enrolled on their Debt of Honour Register.
"A war patterned headstone was erected by the Commission on William's grave in August of 2007. William's brother John Armstrong, also from Crawcrook, was killed in action in October of 1918 whilst serving with the London Rifle Brigade."
William Armstrong's brother John. Michael Hardy said: "William and John were the sons of Margaret and the late William Armstrong, of Crawcrook. John Armstrong was killed in action in October of 1918 whilst serving with the London Rifle Brigade."
George Bell Gilhespy
George Bell Gilhespy, of Sunniside, born 1891, died 1918, aged 27. Joan Weightman of Guidepost, Northumberland, his great niece, tells his story: "George worked at Marley Hill Colliery, he joined The Northumberland Fusiliers when he was 23, he was killed in action March 23rd 1918 at The Somme. George wasn't married, he left a half brother Robert Henry Challoner who was a ship stoker. He died in 1965."
Robert Henry Challoner
Robert Henry Challoner, of Sunniside, born 1892, died 1965, aged 73. Joan Weightman of Guidepost Northumberland, his grandaughter, said: "Robert was a Stoker on HMS Terrible, he didn't volunteer till March 1918 as he was in Munitions, he was demobbed in Dec 1919. He worked at Marley Hill Colliery as Fireman then became Engine Windingman. He died in 1965, his half brother George Bell Gilhespy was killed in action March 1918."
Joseph Morrison, of Willington Quay, born April 1899, died 1959, aged 59. Pte 47180 Leicestershire Regiment. Brian Morrison of North Shields, his son, tells his story:
"Joseph (Joe) the oldest of 5 children was born in Willington Quay. In 1917 he was an apprentice plater in a local shipyard, he enlisted in the army late in that year, the 3rd Batt Leicestershire Regiment, did his initial training at Patrington York.
"Early in 1918 Joe was in France, and Belgium. He had already been exposed to a gas attack. On the 16th of June his mother received news that Pte 47180 Joseph Morrison was in No10 General Hospital Rouen France, his right leg had been blown off through the thigh.
"On return to UK Joe was retrained as a watch repairer and jeweler. He married Edith Ann Mann, and with the help of a Greek business man opened a shop, which he and Edith continued to run until Edith died in 1958. Joe lived for another 12 weeks and died in 1959. Their children, Maud is 90 and Brian 76 this year, both live in North Shields. This picture shows Joe in 1917."
Robert Hennessey, of Ashington, living in Australia, born 1880, died 1917, aged 37. Number 453, 34th Battalion, Australian Infantry. Joan Hunter of Blyth, his great niece, said: "On 12/10/17 he escorted his officer (who had been injured in the attack on Passchendaele) to the dressing station, he left to return to the line and was never seen again, presumed to have taken a direct hit by a shell. This picture shows Robert Hennessey and family."
Albert Proud, of Benwell Newcastle upon Tyne, born 1892, died 1977, aged 80. Michael Mein of Newcastle upon Tyne, his grandson, sent in the photograph.
Joseph Ernest Dickinson
Joseph Ernest Dickinson, of Dinnington, Tyne & Wear, born 1892, died 1952, aged 59. Michael Preston of Gosforth, his grandson, said: "Joseph served in the Northumberland Fusiliers in France & Belgium."
Robert Emery, of 112 Park Rd, Gateshead, born 1893, died 1918, aged 25. No: RFA 64490 BDR. Angela Dearlove of Darlington, his great niece, said: "He joined the Royal Horse Artillery as a boy, in 1911 is at Seaforth Barracks, Liverpool. Being in the Regular army he was sent with the British Expeditionary Force sent to France at the start of the war. He fought all through the war, but on 21 March 1918 he died, no remains were found. He is remembered on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France."
Mark Adamson, of Choppington, Northumberland, born 1877, died 1959, aged 82. Mark was in the Royal Army Medical Corps. Stephen Adamson of North Shields, his grandson, said: "Mark worked in collieries and was a trained 'medic' and on the board of governers of the Royal Victoria Infirmary. He joined the R.A.M.C during WW1 and was posted to India. Sadly his wife died at a young age before the end of the war and the family of six were brought up by the eldest sister and a housekeeper."
John Andrew Wilson
John Andrew Wilson, of Wallsend, born 1884, died 1 July 1916, aged 32. 18540, Company Sgt Major, 15 Batt, Durham Light Infantry. Joyce Bell of Woodstock, Georgia, USA, his granddaughter, said:
"Grandpa Wilson joined up in Aug 1914 and was sent to France in 1915. The 15th DLI took part in the Somme offensive and went over the top on the morning of 1 Jul 1916 into murderous machine gun and artillery fire.
"The British and Commonwealth Armies suffered 60,000 casualties within the first 5 hours of which one third were killed. Grandpa Wilson's body was never recovered but he is listed on the Thiepval Memorial. Family lore has it that he died going to the aid of a wounded officer because of his medical training.
"We have since found out that he was in the RAMC prior to 1902. With the 100 year anniversary of the battle coming up it is hard to realise that due to the stupidity of the General Officers two soldiers were wounded and one killed every second of the battle. God bless you Grandpa - gone but never forgotten."
Edward Hennessey, of Ashington, born 1877, died 1916, aged 39. Joan Hunter of Blyth, his great neice, tells his story: "First of two brothers (other one being Robert Hennessey K.I.A 1917) to never return from battle. K.I.A. on 1st July 1916, no listed grave but listed on Thiepval Memorial."
Walter Greenwood, of Scarborough, born 1882, died 1938, aged 56. Sheila Harker of Chester-le-Street, his granddaughter, tells his story: "My grandfather was Sergeant Major Walter Francis Greenwood. At age 18 he joined the East Lancashire fusiliers. He fought at the Somme. He married Sarah Jane, and he and Sarah Jane had nine children. He opened a small market shop in Scarborough market and sold furniture. He taught himself upholstery. He died in 1938, aged 56."
We are grateful to readers for helping us build up a marvellous collection of stories and pictures in our galleries of Your WW1 Heroes this year. While we are happy to accept submissions which may be published in the future, we are no longer looking to regularly publish new galleries.