Hunting the Hun

WW1 and the German Communities in the North East of England

'Hunting the Hun’ is a community heritage project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Although officially finished by the end of April 2017, we will continue with our research and add information to this website.

This project looks at the lives of people from German communities and their relations to the indigenous population in the North East of England before, during and after the First World War.

It wants to contribute to a more complex history of WWI that remembers diverse cultural memories of the period.

A heartfelt thank you to our volunteers for their generosity and hard work!

We would also like to express our gratitude to:

  • Eileen Buckle, Carol Hunt, Erika Martin, Sean Mattimore, Dorothy Ramser and Simon Wood for sharing their family histories with us!
  • Alan Fidler, Northumbria World War One Project
  • Dr AndrĂ© Keil, Sunderland University
  • Andrew Jepson, Stobs Camp Project Officer
  • German-speaking Congregations in Scotland and North-east England
  • Ian Johnson, Special Collections, Newcastle University
  • John Charlton, North East Labour History
  • Jo Vietzke, Durham Records Office
  • Mark Simmons, Hartlepool Museum
  • North East Labour History Society
  • Reflections of Newcastle 1914 - 18
  • Sunderland Antiquarian Society
  • Whitehouse Primary School, North Shields

... and everybody else who has contributed to the project!