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ARENDAL HOGEDAL CEMETERY

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Country:
Norway
Identified Casualties:
17
GPS
CO-Ordinates:
Longitude:
8.74312
Latitude:
58.46906

Location Information

Arendal is a large town on the south-east coast of Norway. From the E18, turn onto the 410 in the direction of Arendal and then follow the 420 to the town centre. From the centre follow the hospital signs (Sykehuis)and near the hospital follow the "Kirkegard" signs to the cemetery. To find the WWII plot go from the main entrance and follow the path down the hill to the junction. Turn left uphill and the Commonwealth war graves are along here on the right.
To find the WWI grave return from the WWII plot to the junction and follow the path around to the left. Just before the chapel turn right and continue down the hill. At the bottom of the hill follow the path around to the left and take the second path to the right. Both WWI casualties are commemorated on the same Private Memorial, a 5' tall granite memorial approximately 30 meters from the start of the path.

Historical Information

During the Second World War, Norway was of strategic importance to the Germans. Their invasion on 9 April 1940 was sudden and widespread and despite Allied intervention, the entire country was under German occupation by early June. Thereafter, Allied activity in Norway was confined to raids and special operations, with the Commonwealth air forces providing support to Norwegian resistance groups until the German capitulation in May 1945. There are no Commonwealth war cemeteries in Norway, those who died there being buried in civil cemeteries and churchyards.

Arendal Hogedal Cemetery contains 16 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 13 of them airmen shot down on 31 March 1945.

The cemetery also contains two First World War burials, both naval ratings who died in the Battle of Jutland in 1916. Only one of them is identified by name.