Memorial Details

NEWMP Memorial Image
Photo: Dorothy Hall


Cross 1914-18 8 D.L.I. St. Mary & St. Cuthbert





Map ref

NZ 275513

Original Location

Church of St. Mary and St. Cuthbert, Church Chare, DH3 3QB. In the north aisle.

Which war


Dedication, Creation or Publication date

Unveiled in this church 1st July 1928 by Col. John Turnbull.

Memorial Description

Wood cross, with rounded ends to arms and top., with lettering painted black on the crosspiece. At its foot is a plaque bearing the words “Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori” in Gothic script.
Below is a bronze plaque giving the story of the cross. It has a moulded border, the lettering is in raised and burnished Roman capitals throughout.
Below this again is a picture of the Butte de Warlencourt, showing the three crosses erected to commemorate the men of the 9th, 6th & 8th Battalions, DLI.

Materials used

Wood cross. Bronze plaque.


On cross:
The gallant Officers and Men of
8th Battalion
The Durham Light Infantry
who fell near this place
in an attack
Nov. 5th 1916.
“Dulce et decorum est
pro Patria Mori”.

On plaque:
This cross was originally erected
on the Butte de Warlencourt,
near Bapaume, France, during the
Great War 1914-18, as a memorial
to the Officers, Non-Commissioned
Officers, and men of the 8th Btn.
The Durham Light Infantry,
who fell in the action at that
place on November 5th 1916.

A permanent memorial was erected
on the Butte de Warlencourt
and the cross was transferred
to this church on July 1st 1928.



Who commissioned

Durham Light Infantry.


1. The three crosses erected on the Butte de Warlencourt were brought together to the Durham Light Infantry Museum, for the first time since their removal from France, at the commemoration of the 90th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme in 2006 and again in 2016 for the centenary in Durham Cathedral.

2. The other two are in Durham Cathedral D47.073 and St. Andrew’s, South Church, Bishop Auckland, S144.03

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photos: Dorothy Hall; Kevin Milburn; old postcard: George Nairn

District Guide 1970s.

The Journal 24/06/2006 reports all three Butte de Warlencourt crosses being on display in the DLI Museum; 5/02/2007 carries a report of this memorial together with a photo of the Bradford Bros.

The Monumental Brasses of County Durham William Lack, H. Martin Stuchfield and Philip Whittemore 2002 ISBN 095 4327101

Memory Lane-Durham City Michael F. Richardson ISBN 1 85893 193 1 carries an old photo of the cross.

Source of quotation
"Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori" ("It is a sweet and noble thing to die for one’s country") Horace, Odes Book 3, No.2, 1.13

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Research acknowledgements

Dorothy Hall; Tony Harding; John and Mavis Dixon; Kevin Milburn: George Nairn

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