- Identified Casualties:
Hen is a village at the head of the Romsdalsfjord near Andalsnes. From Andalsnes follow the road 64 towards Molde. The white church can be seen on the right after rounding the fjord. Turn right towards Grovdal and follow the road through the village to the church. The graves are in the southern part of Hen Churchyard. (NB: there are no signs for Hen)
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.
Hen Churchyard contains three Commonwealth burials, two of them unidentified.