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EVENES CEMETERY

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Country:
Norway
Identified Casualties:
2

Location Information

Evenes is a village in north west Norway on the northern side of the Ofotfjord about 20 km south west of Narvik. Approaching on the E10 turn off on to route 19 signposted to Evenes and follow this road for approximately 3 km when the white wooden church can be seen on the right side.

One granite headstone stands 10 metres straight ahead from the gate and the second headstone stands 10 metres off to the right.

Historical Information

During the Second World War, Norway was of strategic importance to the Germans. Their invasion on 9 April 1940 was sudden and widespread and despite Allied intervention, the entire country was under German occupation by early June. Thereafter, Allied activity in Norway was confined to raids and special operations, with the Commonwealth air forces providing support to Norwegian resistance groups until the German capitulation in May 1945. There are no Commonwealth war cemeteries in Norway, those who died there being buried in civil cemeteries and churchyards.

Evenes Churchyard contains two Commonwealth burials of May 1940.