The Tees Valley and World War I: Did you know..?

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Hartlepool was the site of the only World War I battlefield in the UK.

Marske airfield was used to train pilots in combat flying. WE Johns, the man who went on to write the Biggles books was a flying instructor at Marske

The ‘munitionettes’ were paid only half that of men for doing the same, often dangerous, job. They kept up morale by organising social events and their own women’s football league.

Colonel Spence’s battalion named one of the trenches Yarm Lane.

Hartlepool won awards for raising the most money per head of population of any place in the British Empire for the war effort. The modern-day equivalent of a staggering £1300 per head of the population!