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EGERSUND (OR EKERSUND) CHURCHYARD

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Country:
Norway
Identified Casualties:
10

Location Information

Egersund (or Ekersund) Ladesteds Churchyard is on the south-west coast of Norway. From Egersund follow the 44 in the direction Hauge I Dalane. The church is about 1 kilometre from Egersund on the right of the 44. The churchyard is located on the right of the church.

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.

Egersund (or Ekersund) Churchyard contains seven Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, one of them unidentified. There are also five First World War burials in the churchyard, one of them unidentified by name, all Naval casualties from the Battle of Jutland in 1916.