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HEMNESBERGET CEMETERY

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Country:
Norway
Identified Casualties:
7
GPS
CO-Ordinates:
Longitude:
13.61083
Latitude:
66.22591

Location Information

Hemnesberget is a small town on the Rana Fjord in north west Norway roughly mid-way between Mo-I-Rana and Mosjoen. From the main E6 route branch off on to the 808 at Finnedfjord. Follow this road for 12 km to Hemnesberget and for a further 2 km through the town towards the ferry terminal. Approximately 150 metres before reaching the ferry terminal at the end of Sorlandsveien turn right around a hairpin bend and follow the road up the hill. Pass straight over the small crossroad and turn right at the T junction facing the central school. Continue on this road past the church and take the first left turn 250 metres beyond the church. Follow the gravel path to the cemetery 100 metres straight ahead.

From the cemetery gate take the path forking to the right to the eight granite headstones 50 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.

Hemnesberget Cemetery contains the collective grave of eight Commonwealth servicemen (one of them unidentified) who died on 10 May 1940, the day German troops were landed at Hemnes. The German transport ship was sunk by the Royal Navy before leaving.