LYON (LA DOUA) FRENCH NATIONAL CEMETERY
|Total identified casualties||39 Find these records|
|Casualties from||Second World War|
La Doua is a suburb of Lyon on the north-eastern side of the town. Lyon (La Doua) French National Cemetery is on the ring road (Boulevard de Ceinture) which encircles the eastern side of Lyon. The Commonwealth War Graves Plot is in the centre of the southern part in Section C to the left of the main entrance.
Originally all the Commonwealth war casualties were buried among French military casualties in Lyon (La Guillotiere) New Communal Cemetery; but the French Government created La Doua Cemetery in 1953 and transferred to it all French Military graves in La Guillotiere New Communal Cemetery; and in other cemeteries in six Departments around Lyon. In response to strong local sentiment and at the particular request of M. Edouard Herriot, at that time President of the French National Assembly, the remains of the Commonwealth graves were also moved to the new cemetery. There are now nearly 40, 1939-45 war casualties commemorated in this site.