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Paul Dorrell

The eviction of soldier's families in the Durham coalfields

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Paul Dorrell

I am trying to establish whether any families of serving soldiers were evicted from miner's homes during the war. My grandfather was in the Garrison Artillery Reserve when he was called back to his battery in July 1914. His wife and children were allowed to remain in their rent-free home in Stanley, County Durham. Granddad was employed by the South Derwent Coal Company. I am wondering whether, as the war stretched on without an end in sight, the SDCC decided that non-productive miner's families were a drain on their finances and changed their minds about allowing them to continue to live rent-free. They may have needed to accommodation for "working" families. Does anyone have any information they'd be willing to share please? I've tried the the forum on the Durham Mining Museum website without sucess. I could go to the Durham Archives but it's a bit of a hike for me - any help anyone - please?

Paul

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Mick D

Have you tried the archives at Beamish museum ?

Mick

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Paul Dorrell

Thanks Mick - I have visited Beamish previously, but it hadn't occured to me to ask them about this. I'm grateful for your suggestion.

Paul

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David_Blanchard

Mick,

How extensive are the archives at Beamish?

My grandfather was a miner at Beamish and joined the 8th Durhams.

David

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Mick D

If I'm honest I was thinking about the mining side of things, I've never even checked their military records.

I would suggest the County Archives at the County Hall for the military stuff.

Mick

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