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Memorial details

Memorial type
Cross
District
Durham
Town
Durham
County
Durham
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918)
Maker
Captain Mauchlen, 9th D.L.I.; Regimental Pioneers of the 9th D.L.I. (Designer)
Ceremony
  • Presented
    Date: 1927
    Attended by:
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
10233
Current location

Inside Durham Light Infantry regimental chapel.
Durham Cathedral
Palace Green
Durham
Durham
Durham
DH1 3EP
England

OS Grid Ref: NZ 27351 42151
Denomination: Church of England

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Description
Cross. It has floriated ends at the top and ends of cross piece. It stands on a three tier platform. On the cross piece is the regimental badge, with the dedication below. The dedication is carried on the front of the top platform, and details of the erection are carried on the front of the middle platform.
Inscription
On crosspiece: In memory/of the gallant Officers, NCOs/and men of the 9th Battalion/the Durham Light Inftry/who fell in action Sept. 15th 19th/Oct.1st 1916. On top step: Dulce et decorum est/pro patria mori On middle step: Erected in affectionate remembrance/by their friends who fought with them and/who will ever keep their memory green The notice alongside reads: Memorial Cross. 6th, 8th and 9th Battalions, The Durham Light Infantry. This wooden Memorial Cross in the Memorial Chapel of The Durham Light Infantry was originally erected on the summit of the Butte de Warlencourt, in the Department of the Somme, France, immediately after the severe attack which they made there on the 5th and 6th days of November, 1916. The Cross with its plinth was prepared at Mercatel under in- structions of Lieutenant (later Brigadier General) R.B. Bradford V.C., M.C., of the 9th Battalion, The Durham Light Infantry, from a design prepared by Captain R. Mauchlen, M.C. of the same Battalion, and was constructed by the Pioneers of the same unit under war conditions from material which was, it is believed supplied by the Royal Engineers. The Memorial remained where it was erected for nearly ten years exposed to all the varying climatic conditions of Northern France until the autumn of 1926 when at the request of the three Battalions it was brought to England and placed in the Memorial Chapel. The Cross bears the Badge of the Regiment and the words "Dulce et Decorum est Pro Patria Mori" and the inscription: “In Memory of the gallant Officers, N.C.O.s and Men of the 6th 8th and 9th Battalions the Durham Light Infantry who fell in the attack on the Butte de Warlencourt and surrounding trenches on November 5th and 6th 1916. The plinth bears the inscription: “Erected with affectionate remembrance by their friends who fought with them and who will ever keep their memory green”.
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Cross
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Wood
  • Base
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Wood
Listing information
Condition
History
1916: The cross was erected on the summit of Butte de Warlecourt where it remained for 10 years. In 1926, at the request of the three battalions it was brought to England and erected in the Cathedral.
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Responsibility
DURHAM CATHEDRAL
Reference

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