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HEANTON PUNCHARDON (ST. AUGUSTINE) CHURCHYARD

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Country:
United Kingdom
Locality:
Devon
Identified Casualties:
87

Historical Information

During the two world wars, the United Kingdom became an island fortress used for training troops and launching land, sea and air operations around the globe. There are more than 170,000 Commonwealth war graves in the United Kingdom, many being those of servicemen and women killed on active service, or who later succumbed to wounds. Others died in training accidents, or because of sickness or disease. The graves, many of them privately owned and marked by private memorials, will be found in more than 12,000 cemeteries and churchyards.

Heanton Punchardon was one mile from the Royal Air Force station at Chivenor and during the Second World War, this churchyard was enlarged to accommodate a war graves plot in the new ground.

The churchyard contains two burials of the First World War and 85 from the Second World War. There are also 38 post war air force burials and one Italian war grave.