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TimeSlides is an Exhibition of Edwardian and Great War Photographs with a Family History Event, helping people to discover and share the story of their own family during The Great War.

There will be a Great War Family History Q&A session at 1pm on the 3rd of December in the McGuinness Gallery. All are welcome. Family History resources will be available in the Library through out our exhibition, please see a member of the library staff for assistance with access.

Come along to explore your family history in the lead up to the outbreak of the Great War and learn about the impact of the conflict on every day life.

The Exhibition is being held in The McGuinness Gallery, Bishop Auckland Town Hall, 12th November to 3rd December 2011 and will be open Monday to Friday - 10.00am till 4.00pm, Saturday - 9.00am till 4.00pm. (On the Launch day, Saturday 12th November, the Gallery opens at 11am.)

Admittance is free.

funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund        

Visitors in the gallery on launch day

Visitors in the gallery on launch day

The Launch Event was held on Saturday 12th November 2011, with a welcome in the Main Hall followed by a series of talks:

  • 11.00am The Dixon Dent Photograph Collection - Ray Heale
    • Ray will talk about photography in the Edwardian era, with a closer look at some of the images by the award winning photographer William Dixon Dent of Bishop Auckland.
  • 12.20pm Aerial Photography in the Great War
    • Premiere of a short film made by The Wartime Memories Project for this exhibition, looking at the aircraft, the equipment and the analysis of air photographs from the Dixon Dent Collection.
  • 1.00pm Giving Names to Bones: The Identification of the Dead of the Great War - Alastair Fraser
    • Alastair will talk about the challenges of discovering the names of soldiers recovered from the battlefields during archaeological excavations. Almost a century after they were killed in action, will forensics and detective work enable their families to attend their funeral?
  • 2.20pm Finding your Family Heroes - Angela Jobson
    • Angela's talk will explain how to interpret the available records and where to look for the missing details which will help to reveal the story of your family in the Great War

Thanks to all who attended the talks and the kind messages sent through.

Discover Your Family Story

We have created a Family History Research Leaflet to assist you, please collect one from Bishop Auckland Town Hall from Saturday 12th November, or you can download and print our Family History Leaflet and accompanyinghelp/WTMFamilyHistoryInfoSheet.pdf" target = "new">sheet to record your discoveries.

It would greatly assist if you could please register the name(s) of those you are researching.
The Timeslides event is now over, but you can still

Relatives currently being researched via TimeSlides.

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  • master sgt paul arthur "peppy" , usaaf 488th(d.july 14,1944)
  • CSM Alexander Anson, British Army 1/5th Btn. Durham Light Infantry
  • Private John Bilclough, British Army 19th Battalion Durham Light Infantry
  • Private Joseph Bilclough, British Army 19th Battalion Durham Light Infantry(d.25/8/1917)
  • private joseph bilclough, british army 19th battallion durham light infantry(d.25/08/1917)
  • Sgt Nathan "Nat" brown, British Army 6th Bn Durham Light Infantry
  • Sjt Nathan "Nat" Brown, British Army 6th Bn D.L.I
  • private john wilson "jack" crabb, british army not known black watch
  • 2nd Lt. Alan Dent, Royal Air Force
  • Capt. Eric Dixon Dent, Royal Flying Corps 52 Sqd.
  • Capt. William Albert Dent, British Army 6th Btn. Durham Light Infantry
  • Sig. Arthur Johnson Dixon, British Army 15th Btn. Durham Light Infantry(d.25th Sep 1915)
  • Pte. Thomas Edmenson, British Army 1st Btn. Kings Own Scottish Borderers
  • Clifford Century Fleet, Royal Flying Corps
  • Driver James Samuel Gladden, T2/11209 British Army Service Corps 72nd Field Ambulance
  • 2nd Lt. Edmund Trevennin Gray, British Army 15th Btn. Durham Light Infantry(d.22nd Oct 1915)
  • Pte. John Wild Greenwood, British Army 2/4th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment
  • Ernest Frank Heath, British Army Royal West Kents
  • Frank Jabez Heath, British Army London Rifle Brigade
  • private Frank Ernest Heath, British Army A.V.C. Royal East Kents
  • Willie James Heath, British Army
  • Sgt. Henry Hill, British Army Lancashire Fusiliers
  • Walter Andrew Hill, Royal Flying Corps
  • Pte. William Hunt, British Army 25th Btn, D Company Northumberland Fusiliers(d.1st July 1916)
  • T/Captain James David MacKinnon, MC and Bar RAMC 4th Batt. Liverpool
  • Rifleman John McClune, British Army 8th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles
  • Gnr. Thomas Metcalf, British Army 118 Seige Battery Royal Garrison Artillery(d.25th Oct 1917)
  • William Thomson Mulhinch,
  • George Stevens Rackstraw, British Army 6th Res Battery Royal Field Artillery
  • Dvr. Robert Baxter Rackstraw, British Army 6th Res Battery Royal Field Artillery
  • L/Sgt. Frederick A. Smith, British Army Leicester Regiment(d.31st Mar 1917)
  • Private Arthur Edgar Trickey, British Army 2nd Battalion South Wales Borderers
  • Cpl. George Anthony Websdell, British Army 182nd Tunnelling Coy. Royal Engineers(d.18th Aug 1918)
  • Jack Appleby Websdell, British Army
  • Pte. Thomas Welch, British Army 11th Btn. Durham Light Infantry(d.9th Sep 1916)
  • L/Cpl. James Wilson, British Army 15th Btn. Durham Light Infantry
  • private Arthur Francis "bricky" Young, British Army 101st battalion machine gun corps

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Capt. William Albert Dent British Army, 6th Btn., Durham Light Infantry

William Albert Dent was the eldest son of William Dent, the photographer featured in the TimeSlides exhibition. The family lived in Bishop Auckland, the three son's attended Barnard Castle School and were active cadets.

2nd Lt. William Dent arrived in France on the 6th of May 1915 and went straight to Flanders to join his unit the 6th Battalion Durham Light Infantry who had arrived on the 21st of April. The Battalion has already had it's first taste of action near Zonnebeke and had been withdrawn to bivouac at Brielen Woods when William arrived with a draft of new officers.

More of William's story to follow...

Walter Andrew Hill Royal Flying Corps, ,

Was killed in Archangel, Russia.

Pte. William Hunt British Army, 25th Btn, D Company, Northumberland Fusiliers(d.1st July 1916)

Billy Hunt was born March 31st, 1888 at Pelton Co. Durham. He married aged 21 an Elizabeth Ann Hurst aged 16 at Benfieldside Parish Church on July 23rd 1910. In November 1914 Billy joined the 2nd Tyneside Irish (25th Northumberland Fusiliers).Prior to this date he was a miner. Whilst Billy was in training his second daughter, named Elizabeth Ann after her mother, died from bronchitis. Eight months later in December 1915, Billy's third daughter Florence dies from diahorrea and meningitis. On January 11th 1916 Billy left army camp in Sutton Veny for Southampton where he crossed the channel with the battalion. In February 1916 he was on the Bois Grenier line. By May he was in the Somme region and specifically in Albert. On the eve of the big push he was in the reserve trenches of the Tara-Usna line and his battalion were behind the Tyneside Scottish battalions. He left the trenches at 7.45am on July 1st, 1916 and was most likely killed before he even reached the British front line. He was most likely killed by shell fire or a hail of machine guns as he traversed the open slopes of Mash Valley. Billy's body was not recovered. There is no grave. His name is on Thiepval War Memorial, France, close to where he died. Two months after his death his widow gave birth to their fourth daughter Theresa in Consett. Billy's widow remarried and became Elizabeth Ann Redshaw. She died in 1982. Billy's first daughter Margaret born in 1910, out of wedlock, was always sad that she had lost her father at so young an age.

Sgt Nathan "Nat" brown British Army , 6th Bn, Durham Light Infantry

Nathan Brown and his Brither Ewdard Brwon both joined the 6th Bn DLI, Edward was killed in 10 Sept 1915 and is burried at Baillieu War Cemetry, Nathan survived and became Sgt Brown DLI. Lived with wife Isabella Formerly Hind.

T/Captain James David MacKinnon MC and Bar RAMC, , 4th Batt. Liverpool

Very little. He was my grandfather and never talked about either war.

Pte. Thomas Edmenson British Army, 1st Btn., Kings Own Scottish Borderers

Edmenson, Thomas, Private, No 17925, 1st Battn, (25th Foot) The King's Own Scottish Borders, 3rd son of William Edmenson, Foreman Fitter at Houghton Colliery, by his wife, Catherine, daughter of Robert Potts; b Houghton-le-Spring, co. Durham, 25th Aug, 1880; educated C.E. Shcools there; joined the Navy in 1896; and was on H.M.S. Isis when that ship was commisioned for particular service during the hostilities between the United States and Spain in 1898; obtained his discharge in 1907, and was a Seagoing Steward until a short time before the war, when he became an employee at the Houghton Colliery; enlisted 13 Jan. 1915; went to the Dardanelles 18 July, and died on H.M. Hosptial Ship Dongola, 25 Aug. following, from enteric fever contracted while on active service on the Peninsula. He m. at North Shields, Annie (2 Stanley Street, Houghton-le-Spring, daughter of William McEwan, and had a son, Wiliam Hunter, b 9 May, 1909. Taken from: UK, De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour, 1914-1924 Record for Thomas Edmenson.

Dvr. Robert Baxter Rackstraw British Army, 6th Res Battery, Royal Field Artillery

My father, Robert Baxter Rackstraw, was in France for part of the war, he was in the 2/4th Battalion Royal Scots No 4973, 4th Res and was transferred to the Royal Field Artillery, No91930 driver, 6 Res Battery, after being claimed by his older brother a George Stevens Rackstraw. Date of the transfer was 16th July 1916. When he was in the Royal Scots he was based at Terling Camp, Witham and when the transfer was complete he was based at Forrest Row, Sussex.

George Stevens Rackstraw British Army, 6th Res Battery, Royal Field Artillery

My uncle, George Stevens Rackstraw served with the Royal Field Artillery, alongside my father Robert, who transferred from the 2/4th Royal Scots to serve with him.

CSM Alexander Anson British Army, 1/5th Btn., Durham Light Infantry

My Grandfather joined the 1st VB DLI on 16 March 1906 at Castle Eden. He progressed up the ranks and by the outbreak of WW1 he was a Colour Sgt.He was appointed CSM C Company 1/5th DLI on 30 January 1915 and went with the Regiment to France on 17 April 1915. He was involved in the 2nd Battle of Ypres at the Battle of St Juliaan that month and then in the Battle of Bellewaarde ridge at Sanctuary Wood. He was gassed on 24 May 1915 and invalided home. He was sent to St John Red Cross Hospital in Weymouth to recover and subsequently joined 3/5th DLI at Catterick and was appointed Acting RSM. He was then transferred to the Inland and Waterways Royal Engineers at Port Richborough in Kent for the remainder of the war.(he had been a plater in a shipyard before the war and they needed his skills) He was demobbed in 1919 WO1. I have some photos which I will sort out. Richard Askew PS I am fortunate to have his complete war record.

Pte. Thomas Welch British Army, 11th Btn. , Durham Light Infantry(d.9th Sep 1916)

Private Thomas Welch, the Husband of Elizabeth Welch, son of William and Mary Blaydon, was my great-grandfather. Rose Marshall, a cousin of mine, was able to access all this information and passed it on to our family. Thomas Welch died at the age of 42 and is buried in St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen France. He died on the 9th September 1916 defending a way a life we all enjoy now. He served the British Army, 11th Btn. Durham Light Infantry and is remembered with honour.

Cpl. George Anthony Websdell British Army, 182nd Tunnelling Coy., Royal Engineers(d.18th Aug 1918)

George Websdell is buried close to where he fell at Marcelcave, on The Somme. He worked as a miner and was married to Lydia with a one year old son named George. He had enlisted with the 6th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry at Bishop Auckland on the 11th of Sepetmber 1914, his medcal records describe him as being 22 years and 11 months old, 5'11" with brown hair and blue eyes. George joined the 14th Battalion and arrived in France on the 12th of September 1915.

George transfered from the 14th DLI to the 182nd Tunnelling Company, Royal Engineers as a Sapper for Tunnelling duties on the 21st of Feb 1916, his mining skills being required to help sink tunnels beneath enemy lines. He must have returned to England for training as George and Lydia had a daughter Violet born in May 1917, who sadly died aged just 11 months, two months before her father was killed in action.

George's tunneller's certificate stating he was qualified to work underground.

Jack Appleby Websdell British Army, ,

Jack served in France and was gassed, although he survived the war, he was badly affected and died of complications in 1945. His son campaigned and had his name added to the war memorial as he had died of wounds inflicted during the Great War.

Sig. Arthur Johnson Dixon British Army, 15th Btn., Durham Light Infantry(d.25th Sep 1915)

Arthur Dixon was the son of William and Mary Dixon, he was a coal miner when he enlisted aged 19 on the 8th of September 1914 and is described as being 5'4" with light brown hair and blue eyes. He went to France on the 11th of September 1915. He was wounded in action on the 25th of September 1915 and was then listed as missing.

In November the Vicar of Eldon received a letter from a friend of Arthur's telling them that he had heard from James Wilson of the 15th DLI that he and Arthur had both been wounded at the Battle of Loos and had been crawling for about 4 days when Arthur had been shot and killed. The Vicar C J Gray wrote from Eldon Vicarage on behalf of Arthur's family, requesting confirmation of this information as James Wilson was in hospital, at Lady Shadbrook's Hospital, Henham Hall in Suffolk. The reply came back that Arthur and James had both been wounded on the 26th September and unable to walk had been crawling for about four days, and were approaching a house when Arthur had been shot. James had stayed with him, talking to him for about an hour. Arthur had fainted due to bloodloss and then his heart stopped beating. James stated that he was quite sure Arthur was dead when he had to leave him. He had crawled for another 6 hours before being picked up and taken for medcal treatment. Rev Gray also enquires about his own's son's effects in the same letter, he had been a 2nd Lt with the 15th DLI and had been killed on the 22nd October.

Arthur had no known grave and is remembered on the Loos Memorial

2nd Lt. Edmund Trevennin Gray British Army, 15th Btn., Durham Light Infantry(d.22nd Oct 1915)

We came across a reference to 2nd Lt Gray whilst helping one of the visitors to our Time Slides family history day to research one of her relatives, Arthur Dixon. Edmund Gray was the son of the Rev Charles Gray, who was helping the Dixon family to enquire as to the fate of their son who was listed as missing at the Battle of Loos. Rev Gray had received a letter from one of his parishoners serving with the 15th DLI with news of Arthur's death. Rev Gray wrote a letter to the Army Records office on behalf of Arthur's mother to check the information they had been given. In letter, Rev Gray also enquires after the where abouts of his own son's effects as he had been killed on the 22nd October. So we decided to try to find out more about Edmund.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission Website confirmed that Edmund had been killed on the 22nd of October 1914 and is buried in Ploegsteert Wood Millitary Cemetery, he was 19 years old and had been an undergraduate at St. Catherine's College, Cambridge. His Medal Card tells us that he went to France on the 11th of September 1915.

L/Cpl. James Wilson British Army, 15th Btn., Durham Light Infantry

James Wilson is mentioned in the service records of his friend Albert Dixon, who was being researched by one of the visitors to our Time Slides event. James and Albert were both wounded at the Battle of Loos, being unable to walk, the two men crawled together for 4 days but on approaching a house, Albert was shot. James remained with him until he passed away and then crawled for a further six hours before being rescued and taken for medical treatment. He was contacted by the Vicar of Eldon on behalf of Albert's mother when he heard from another solider that he had been with Albert when he died. From his hospital bed at Lady Shadbrook's Hospital at Henham Hall in Sussex. James was able to confirm the circumstances surrounding Albert's death and bring some closure to the family who had been informed that he was missing.

James had arrived in France on the 11th of September 1915 and was wounded on the 25th of September. After a spell in hospital, he was discharged from the Army and awarded a Silver War Badge to mark that he had done his service for his county.

Gnr. Thomas Metcalf British Army, 118 Seige Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery(d.25th Oct 1917)

Thomas Metcalf was killed aged 19 during the battle of Passchendaele. The Battery War Diary for the day records

"The guns in action registered visually on their new lines and some 200 rounds were fired in the course of the day and night on counter battery work. Two telephonists, Gunners Dunkley and Metcalf were killed when going forward for the pending attacks with Forward Observation Officer Lieut Gough."

He has no known grave and is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial. His parents were Alfred and Mary Ann Metcalfe.

Pte. John Wild Greenwood British Army, 2/4th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment

My Grandfather John Greenwood was a Quaker, he was married and is buried at Norton-on-Tees Quaker Meeting House, so I found it difficult to relate to him being in the military.

From the little research I have been able to undertake so far, I gather he was in a Pioneer unit in Bermuda, a part of the British Empire that warranted a military presence. In civilian life he was a carpenter and worked at the shipyards in Middlesbrough.

Ernest Frank Heath British Army, , Royal West Kents

Spouse Edith Hollier,Children Frank Jabez, Kathleen, Dorothy. 1901 address 65 High street Beckenham,Kent. Date of death 1921 due to effects of mustard gas. Born 1879

Willie James Heath British Army, ,

Born October 1885. Parents John Heath and Elizabeth Stubbs. Siblings Elizabeth, Ellen and Ernest Frank Heath 1911 address 10 Acacia Road, Beckenham Kent. Spouse Susannah Brooks married in1920 in Hampshire Occupation 1911 battery maker.

Frank Jabez Heath British Army, , London Rifle Brigade

Birth May 21, 1901. Died March 1986 Parents Ernest Frank Heath and Edith Hollier Silings Dorothy and Kathleen Spouse Nellie Foot married in 1925 Leighs Children Derek, Charles, Janet and Cathrine address in 1901 65 High Street beckenham, Kent


I am currently researching my family history starting with my grandfather Herbert Scholes Born 1893 Died 1967 . I am especially interested in finding out about the years 1915-1919 when he was serving in the British Army ( having enlisted from Sheffield,Yorkshire )in Oct 1915. The Army form E.501 Attestation was taken at Harrogate on the 28th(?) October 1915 and shows that Herbert was to be in the York & Lancaster Regiment, 3/1st 00 Yorkshire Dragoons. I remember ,as a child , visiting my grandfather and seeing a photograph of him in uniform sitting astride a grey horse . At present I don't have any further information and no stories to tell as my grandfather would never talk about the war and he died in 1967 when I was only 9years old . I have however , found his nameon a Roll of Honour -"Hoyland Nether Township Roll of Honour " along with over 1500 names of those men of Hoyland who served in the Great War which may be of interest to you.

Clifford Century Fleet Royal Flying Corps, ,

Clifford was born on 1 January 1900 and enlisted in the RFC. He kept shorthand records of his war service, including service in Archangel, Russia, where he may have been stationed as late as 1919/1920. He received a British Service Medal and also had (now in my possession) an AIF Victory boot (miniature, leather.

Private John Bilclough British Army, 19th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry

Invalided out of the army on 25/1/1919 with a disability award for feeblemindedness and deformed feet. Conduct shown as very good, sober and hardworking. Returned home to live with my grandmother with somewhat limited communication skills. Was transferred into care on the death of my grandmother where he died - date unknown. Brother to Joseph Bilclough 43750 who was KIA 25/8/1917.

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