The End of the The Great War

November 10, 2018 no comments

As the centenary of the First World War armistice approaches this weekend we were very grateful to local historian Martin Peagam who delivered a fascinating and moving talk “Light and Shadows: The End of the Great War”. Martin placed the experience of Stockton at war in the global context, highlighting… Read Full Story

The War Diaries of Roger Stamp

October 19, 2018 no comments

Over the past three years we’ve been publishing extracts from the war diaries of Stockton man Roger Stamp.  Lance Corporal Stamp served in France, participating in the Second Battle of Ypres.  Wounded three times he was discharged on medical grounds after sustaining injuries from an exploding bomb at Guemappe in… Read Full Story

Sergeant Robert Nicholson, Royal Engineers

October 9, 2018 no comments

With the centenary of the end of the First World War fast approaching we were very grateful to receive a history of Robert Nicholson, researched and compiled by his granddaughter Glen Clerk. Sergeant Nicholson of the Royal Engineers received the Military Medal for gallant conduct and devotion to duty, presented… Read Full Story

The Stocktonian Magazine

July 20, 2018 no comments

After months of hard work from our digital heritage volunteers we’re delighted to announce the newest addition to our online resources. Our Stocktonian School Magazine collection spans almost a century and is a trove of information about the pupils who attended Stockton Secondary School, and later Grangefield, over the years. … Read Full Story

Henry John Jeal

November 11, 2017 no comments

On Armistice Day we’re very grateful to Keith Jeal for sharing with us his quest to learn more about his Grandfather, Henry John Jeal, who was killed at Passchendaele in 1917: I made a very emotional visit in September this year to Dozinghem Cemetery to see my grandfather`s grave. It… Read Full Story

Ernest Taylor Remembrance Service

October 20, 2017 no comments

Our post in August featured the story of Ernest Taylor of the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, with Ernest’s grandson, Ken Oliver, sharing his research with us. Last week a remembrance service was held at St Peter’s Church, Stockton, 100 years to the day Ernest was killed in action. The service… Read Full Story

Ernest Taylor, 1st Bn Grenadier Guards

August 19, 2017 no comments

One of the many pleasures of working in the Reference Library is being able to witness the historical traces of individuals as our customers slowly uncover the intricacies of their family history. This week Ken Oliver has very kindly shared his research into his Grandfather, Ernest Taylor, as the Centenary… Read Full Story

Yarm 1914 Passchendaele Commemoration

July 21, 2017 no comments

You’ll be happy to know that occasionally we are let out, blinking in the sunshine, from the dusky confines of the Library and Museum.  Last Sunday it was a pleasure to be part of the Yarm 1914 Group’s commemoration of the centenary of The Battle of Passchendaele.  While naturally sombre… Read Full Story