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Location Information

The village of Skanland lies close to the coast of North West Norway some 30 km west of Narvik. Approaching on the E10 (route 19) from Narvik branch off on to the 824 signposted Evenskjer 4 km. On entering the village the white wooden church can be seen on the right side. Turn right 50 metres beyond the church and follow the unmade road for 300 metres to the cemetery on the left side.

Follow the path from the gate for 100 metres to the boundary wall between the original cemetery and the new extension. Turn left immediately before the boundary wall and follow it for 50 meters. The granite headstone is close to the corner of the original cemetery.

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.

Skanland (Evenskjer) Cemetery contains one Commonwealth burial.