During the Great War the Newcastle Illustrated Chronicle published photographs of soldiers and sailors from Newcastle and the North East of England, who had been in the news, usually for being wounded, killed, promoted or awarded medals for gallantry. At times of heavy casualties there may be a time lag of 6-8 weeks for a photograph to appear.

The photographs were sent in by relatives and give us a glimpse into the past. The physical collection held by Newcastle Libraries comprises bound volumes of the newspaper from 1910 to 1925.

Newcastle Libraries are adding the images to their Flickr feed and this January they have added 11000 images which include photographs and notices for 1914 and 1915.

All Your Ancestors are happy to research the bound volumes if your military ancestors were featured in later years. Please get in touch if you need help

Discover the Illustrated Chronicle Photographs here.

Pte William Couley
Pte William Couley

Read the stories of two World War 1 heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice for their King and Country on the first day of the battle of the Somme.

Brothers William and Frank Couley from Byker enlisted with the Tyneside Irish and Tyneside Scottish respectively at the outbreak of the war and served with courage and fortitude until that fateful day of the 1st of July 1916. Click on the links below to read their story:-

Private William Couley

Lance Corporal Frank Coukey

if you'd like a similar tribute to your ancestor who served in WW1 or help in research then get in touch with All Your AncestorsPlease take a look at our Services page to see what we can do for you or get in touch through our Contact page for a chat about what you need.