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EPENSE COMMUNAL CEMETERY

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Country:
France
Locality:
Marne
Identified Casualties:
1
GPS
CO-Ordinates:
Longitude:
4.83067
Latitude:
48.97112

Location Information

Epense is a commune 41 kilometres east of Chalons en Champagne. On entering the village from Auve, on D70, take first road to the left and the Cemetery is on the left hand side of this road.

The Communal Cemetery contains the grave of one Commonwealth airman of the Second World War, which is located on the left hand side of the Cemetery.

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.