Friday, 23 January 2015

New stories
This week I thought I would tell you about some of the stories that have been added to Durham at War recently.  The research, this time, has not been put together by DaW HQ staff but our dedicated volunteers and even interested members of the public!   

Firstly we have three men who were conscientious objectors.  They were sent to Richmond Castle where the Non-Combatant Corps was based and were part of a group that became known as the Richmond Sixteen.  From there they were sent to France where they were Court Martialled for disobeying orders.  One of the project volunteers has thrown herself into researching conscientious objectors and provided most of the material that can be found on the following pages:

Norman Gaudie of East Boldon

William Law of Darlington

Herbert Law of Darlington

Herbert and William were brothers.  Our volunteer also noted something on the 1911 census for the family that suggest that they might have inherited their activism from their mother.   The father had added in the “Infirmities” column:

“Wife: Delusional.  Thinks she ought to have a vote”
Detail from the 1911 Census entry for Law Family, Darlington, from
Detail from the 1911 Census entry for Law Family, Darlington, from
We also received a series of profiles of men from Darlington via our email.  An interested member of the public found our site and wondered if we could make use of the research she had put together on the memorial tablet at
St James the Great, Darlington.  We were delighted to be able to host that information!

The page for the war memorial can be found here, then scroll down to ‘related to this story’ for links to the men:

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