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Commemorating the service and sacrifice of the 37 battalions of the Durham Light Infantry (DLI).

Renamed after World War I

In 1923 the medieval chapel of Our Lady of Bolton was renamed the Chapel of the Durham Light Infantry to honour the soldiers of our local regiment.

History of the Butte Cross

In World War I, during the Battle of the Somme, the Butte – or mound - of Warlencourt in France became a much-contested point of high ground. Attempts to gain that higher ground ultimately took the lives of 273 members of the 6th, 8th and 9th Durham Light Infantry battalions.

After the battle survivors erected three wooden crosses in 1917 on top of the Butte to remember those who had died. In 1926 these crosses were taken and placed separately in the parish churches of St Andrew in Bishop Auckland, St Mary and St Cuthbert in Chester-le-Street. The largest came here, to Durham Cathedral.  

For those that still serve

In 1968 the regiment became part of the new Light Infantry Regiment. In 2007 this was merged with several other regiments to form The Rifles.

Soldiers from County Durham continue to serve their country with distinction. Here we remember all those affected by war and pray for those who keep the peace.