One hundred years ago today the First World War officially ended with the Allies and Germany signing the Armistice.
The peace treaty brought the brutal conflict to a close after almost four-and-a-half years of bloody combat which claimed the lives of around 16 million people from both sides.
The North East paid a high price, with friends and neighbours who fought in ‘Pals Battalions’ often killed alongside each other in the war’s early years, while many more lost lives after conscription was introduced.
On just the first day of the 1916 Battle of the Somme, 2,400 Tyneside Scots soldiers were killed, wounded or captured, with 2,100 from the Tyneside Irish suffering a similar fate.
The towns and cities of Tyneside - as defined by by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission - lost 9,172 people to the conflict.
The first of those to be killed from the region was John Pringle, of 18 Grosvenor Street in Gateshead , on August 18, 1914.
Tragically, a Newcastle man was among those who lost their lives 100 years ago today, on the same day the war was officially brought to a close.
Henry Ernest Milburn, of Rothbury Terrace, Heaton , lost his life on Armistice Day, November 11, 1918.
You can use our tool to search the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s casualty records.
You can search by any combination of first name (or initial), surname, street or town/city. You don’t have to fill in all the boxes - you can fill as many or as few as you like.
Take a look here.
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