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CHENIERS CHURCHYARD

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Country:
France
Locality:
Marne
Identified Casualties:
8

Location Information

Cheniers is a village and commune 12 kilometres south-west of Chalons en Champagne. The church is located in the centre of the village.

The churchyard contains the graves of seven Commonwealth airmen and one soldier of the Second World War, which are located near the rear boundary wall of the churchyard.

Historical Information

When Germany invaded France early in May 1940, the British Expeditionary Force had already been established there for some time. Between their dramatic evacuation a few weeks later and the Normandy landings of June 1944, Commonwealth forces activity in France was limited to coastal raids and special operations. Most of the Second World War Commonwealth cemeteries are situated in the coastal areas of northern France, but graves will also be found in communal cemeteries and churchyards all over the country, many being those of Commonwealth airmen who failed to return from missions over northern Europe.