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TONSBERG OLD CEMETERY

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Country:
Norway
Identified Casualties:
15

Location Information

Tonsberg is a town on the west coast of the Oslofjord.

On entering Tonsberg on the 311 follow the road to the crossroads with the 19. Turn onto the 19 in the direction of Horten. Follow the 19 round the right hand bend then first right before the railway bridge into Jernbanegaten. Continue along this road and turn first left into Tordenskioldsgata. The cemetery entrance is under the railway bridge on the left. The 1914-1918 Commonwealth burials are in the South-West of the cemetery in Plot 3. The 1939-1945 Commonwealth burials are located on the right, 50 metres from the entrance.

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.

Tonsberg Old Cemetery contains the graves of seven Commonwealth airmen of the Second World War.

The plot also contains 22 burials of the First World War, 14 of them unidentified by name, but all naval casualties from the Battle of Jutland in 1916. Most of the bodies were recovered by a Norwegian submarine commander.