Bayeux War Cemetery and Commonwealth Memorial

  • © Commonwealth War Graves Commission

    © Commonwealth War Graves Commission

  • The Bayeux Memorial

    The Bayeux Memorial

Bayeux War Cemetery and Commonwealth Memorial 14400 Bayeux fr

The Bayeux War Cemetery is the largest World War II Commonwealth cemetery in France and contains burials brought in from the surrounding districts and from hospitals that were located nearby.

The Bayeux War Cemetery contains 4,144 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 338 of them unidentified. There are also over 500 war graves of other nationalities, the majority of which are German. Of the Commonwealth burials, 3,195 are British and 181 Canadian, as well as several of Australia and New Zealand.

It is located in the southwestern outskirts of Bayeux in Normandy, which lies 24 kilometres northwest of Caen. Opposite to the Cemetery stands the Bayeux Memorial to the Missing.

The Bayeux Memorial bears the names of more than 1,800 men of the Commonwealth land forces who died in the early stages of the campaign and have no known grave. They died during the landings in Normandy, during the intense fighting in Normandy itself, and during the advance to the River Seine in August.

Bayeux was largely spared from actual combat during the battle in 1944, though it served as a refuge for those wounded by the bombings and was one of the rare cities in Calvados to remain intact.

A charming medieval city, Bayeux is also known for its tapestries including the famous Bayeux Tapestry, a true masterpiece of the Middle Ages, embroidered with the glory of William the Conqueror. The tapestry has since been classified by UNESCO.

Address

Boulevard Fabian Ware
14400 Bayeux, France

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