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The DLI memorial cross located in Durham Cathedral

Jack Sheldon.

A close up of the memorial cross in the Cathedral

This wooden memorial cross to the 6th, 8th and 9th battalions of the Durham Light Infantry is in the memorial chapel of Durham Cathedral. The cross was originally erected at the summit of the Butte de Warlencourt. Erected after the attack of 5 November 1916 on the summit of the Butte, the cross and its plinth were prepared at Mercatel under the instruction of Lieutenant Roland Boys Bradford V.C. M.C. of the 9th Battalion from a design prepared by Captain R. Mauchlen of the same battalion. It was contructed by Pioneers from the same unit under war conditions with materials supplied by the Royal Engineers. The memorial remained on the Butte for nearly ten years before being removed in the autumn of 1926 at the request of the three battalions when it was brought to the memorial chapel. All pictures of the cross on this website courtesy of Rod Nesbit.

Article courtesy of Bob Paterson