John Campbell fought in Burma 70 years ago. When he died, no-one could find his family. The British Legion is giving him a proper send off.
The Ministry of Defence has named the soldier killed in Afghanistan as Sapper Richard Reginald Walker from 28 Engineer Regiment.
A poppy field made from 9000 crosses has been planted in Gateshead to mark the fallen, including soldiers from our region.
Tributes have been paid to a County Durham soldier who died in Afghanistan two days before Christmas. Captain Richard Holloway died after coming under enemy fire while on operations near Kabul. He's been described as 'an exceptional young man'
He leaves behind parents Jaquie and Neil, brother Luke and girlfriend Sandy. In a statement, his family said:
"Our son Richard was an exceptional young man, a perfectionist in everything he did and a loyal brother and friend, who embraced life to the full.
For many, this Christmas will be a time of celebration with their families. However, hundreds of North East servicemen and women will be spending Christmas day away from home, in places like Afghanistan.
It means their children, partners and parents are here without them at what can be a very difficult time. We have met one family in Morpeth who share what it is like to be an army family at Christmas. Frances Read Reports.
Families across the North East are raising awareness about how difficult Christmas can be when a loved one is serving in the armed forces. Hundreds of the region's troops are currently serving in Afghanistan.
Claire Brownlee, the partner of Staff Sergeant Jon Travers, said: "It's hard to be able to do it all on your own."
Captain Mark Aldridge, Director of Music at the Heavy Cavalry and Cambrai band, explains why there was an impromptu flash-mob style performance at Gateshead's Metro Centre to surprise shoppers.
Surprised shoppers were treated to a military "flash-mob" style performance at Gateshead's Metro Centre. The musicians appeared, seemingly out of nowhere, to play as people were doing their Christmas shopping. It was to raise awareness of the army's recruitment drive.
A First World War Centenary project is being launched in the Yorkshire Dales today.
The Lottery-funded project will explore the impact the war had on the landscape and communities in Nidderdale.
The drop-in launch event will be held at Masham Town Hall from 10am to 12pm today.
Sapper Richard Walker was unlawfully killed in Afghanistan, as Gregg Easteal reports.
Sapper Richard Walker wasn't wearing any body armour when he was killed in Afghanistan, an inquest has heard.
The soldier, from Washington near Sunderland, was shot by a member of the Afghan forces. A coroner in Sunderland has returned a verdict of unlawful killing.
Gregg Easteal reports.
An inquest heard that a soldier from Washing killed in Afghanistan wasn't wearing any body armour at the time.
Sapper Richard Walker was shot by a member of the Afghan forces he was serving alongside. A coroner in Sunderland has returned a verdict of unlawful killing.
Soldier alongside Sapper Walker when he was killed says they were working in dark moving a gate by torchlight when ANA soldier opened fire