Bayeux War Cemetery
Due to excessive headstone deterioration, major renovation works will be undertaken at this site by the end of January 2014. The works should be finished by the beginning of March 2014. Horticultural renovation will also be undertaken afterwards. The cemetery will remain open during this period and please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.
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.
NOTE OCTOBER 2013 : Due to excessive headstone deterioration, major renovation work will start in November 2013 and scheduled to be finish by the end of February 2014. Horticultural renovations will then follow.
Please accept all our apologies for any inconvenience caused during this period.
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.