Ranville 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.
The commune of Ranville started on the 11/03/14 to redesign the land opposite Ranville War Cemetery. This work will finish by the 30th April. Car parking outside the cemetery has been restricted. The road to Ranville cemetery may be closed temporary at short notice
RANVILLE WAR CEMETERY
RANVILLE WAR CEMETERY
- Identified Casualties:
Ranville is best reached by taking the D513 north-eastwards out of Caen, and after about 9 kilometres turning left at Herouvillette. Go north for one kilometre and then turn left into Ranville village. The War Cemetery is on Rue des Airbornes.
The commune of Ranville started on the 11/03/14 to redesign the land opposite Ranville War Cemetery. This work will finish by the 30th April. Car parking outside the cemetery has been restricted. The road to Ranville cemetery may be closed temporary at short notice.
NOTE OCTOBER 2013 : Due to excessive headstone deterioration, major renovation work will be undertaken at this site from 20th January 2014.
The work should be finished by 10th March 2014 and the cemetery will return to its initial conditions. Horticultural renovation will also be undertaken afterwards.Please accept all our apologies for any inconvenience caused during this period.
The Allied offensive in north-western Europe began with the Normandy landings of 6 June 1944.
Ranville was the first village to be liberated in France when the bridge over the Caen Canal was captured intact in the early hours of 6 June by troops of the 6th Airborne Division, who were landed nearby by parachute and glider. Many of the division's casualties are buried in Ranville War Cemetery and the adjoining churchyard
The CEMETERY contains 2,235 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 97 of them unidentified. There are also 330 German graves and a few burials of other nationalities.
The CHURCHYARD contains 47 Commonwealth burials, one of which is unidentified, and one German grave.