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LARVIK CIVIL CEMETERY

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Country:
Norway
Identified Casualties:
1

Location Information

Larvik, on the south-east coast, lies on the western side of the Oslofjord. From the E18, turn off towards Larvik. From the town follow the 303 in the direction of Sandefjord and go past the harbour, and on a corner with a garage turn right to the crematorium (krematoriet). The Commonwealth war grave is located in the kerbed section of the cemetery. From the crematorium entrance walk southwards to the gardeners shed. At the shed turn left along the major path. The war grave is on the left at the far end of the second section of kerbed graves.

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.

Larvik Civil Cemetery contains the grave of one Commonwealth airman.