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HAKVIK CEMETERY Print this image

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Location Information

Hakvik is a village on the north west coast of Norway about 6 km south west of Narvik on the E6. Approaching from the south the cemetery is on the right side about 1 km after passing the town sign for Hakvik and immediately after the road turns to the left. There is a parking area and bus stop in front of the cemetery.

Follow the main cemetery path 100 metres to the T junction, turn left and the granite headstones are 30 metres along on the right side.

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.

Hakvik Cemetery contains the graves of 34 Commonwealth seamen who died in the First Battle of Narvik on 10 April 1940. Only two of the casualties are identified by name, both from HMS Hunter, which was sunk during the battle. The others were known to have served in HMS Hardy, which was struck by a shell.