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RISOR CIVIL CEMETERY

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Country:
Norway
Identified Casualties:
2
GPS
CO-Ordinates:
Longitude:
9.22572
Latitude:
58.71945

Location Information

Risor is on the south coast of Norway, north east of Arendal. From the E18 follow the 416 to Risor. Follow the road into the town, past the white church on the left, to the T-junction. Turn left into Tjenna and then first right into a parking area under the bridge. The Commonwealth war graves are located through the main gate to the crosspath, where you should turn right and follow to the end.

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.

Risor Civil Cemetery contains the graves of two Commonwealth airmen of the Second World War.

Also buried in the cemetery are two unidentified seamen of the First World War, who died in the Battle of Jutland in 1916.