BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY
BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY
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The town of Bayeux, in Normandy, lies 30 kilometres north-west of Caen. Bayeux War Cemetery is situated in the south-western outskirts of the town on the by-pass (D5), which is named Boulevard Fabian Ware. On the opposite side of the road stands the Bayeux Memorial.
11 April 2016 – The by-pass road immediately in from of Bayeux War Cemetery is closed to vehicles for road re-surfacing work from Monday 11 April until Friday 15 April 2016. Access to the cemetery is still possible by the pedestrian paths. Access up to the roundabout immediately after the Bayeux War Museum is still possible where vehicles can take the third exit just before the Bayeux War Cemetery and park in the Chemin de Marettes. Parking at the Bayeux War Museum is also an option for visitors visiting the Museum as well.
Wheelchair access is possible via the main entrance and from an additional entrance from the street to the left of the cemetery.
The Allied offensive in north-western Europe began with the Normandy landings of 6 June 1944.
There was little actual fighting in Bayeux although it was the first French town of importance to be liberated. Bayeux War Cemetery is the largest Commonwealth cemetery of the Second World War in France and contains burials brought in from the surrounding districts and from hospitals that were located nearby.
BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY, which was completed in 1952, contains 4,144 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 338 of them unidentified. There are also over 500 war graves of other nationalities, the majority German.
The BAYEUX MEMORIAL stands opposite the cemetery and bears the names of more than 1,800 men of the Commonwealth land forces who died in the early stages of the campaign and have no known grave. They died during the landings in Normandy, during the intense fighting in Normandy itself, and during the advance to the River Seine in August.