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LAVAL (VALFLEURY) COMMUNAL CEMETERY

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Country:
France
Locality:
Mayenne
Identified Casualties:
20

Location Information

Laval is the chief town and the seat of the Prefecture of the Department of the Mayenne 80 kilometres south-east of Rennes and 85 kilometres north-west of Le Mans. The Cemetery is on the eastern side of the town and has two main entrances: one of the main road to Mayenne and the other on the road to Le Mans. The Commonwealth graves are in two plots. One plot is in section A, to the right of the entrance on the Mayenne road; the other plot is in section E, at the opposite end of the cemetery on the left of the entrance in the Le Mans road. A main drive runs through the cemetery between the two entrances.

Historical Information

In 1939 Laval was one of the assembly areas of the British Expeditionary Force, the troops (the 1st Corps) beginning to arrive round Laval as early as September 22nd. The soldiers buried in this Cemetery died while serving in the area during the early months of the war. The airmen were the crews of two aircraft which crashed after the Allied invasion of Normandy in 1944.

There are 20 Commonwealth burials of the 1939-1945 war here.