Country France
Region Nord
Total identified casualties 4510 Find these records
Casualties from Second World War

The memorial was designed by Philip Hepworth, the Commission’s Principal Architect for France after the Second World War.

Dunkirk was the scene of the historic evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from France in May and June 1940. Known as Operation Dynamo, it was the largest evacuation of Allied forces during the Second World War.

key features

  • Dunkirk Memorial stands at the entrance to the British War Graves Section of Dunkirk Town Cemetery in France
  • It commemorates those of the British Expeditionary Force who died or were captured there and have no known grave
  • It was unveiled on 29 June 1957 by Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
  • The memorial was designed by Philip Hepworth and takes the form of an avenue of pylons on which the names are engraved
  • The great engraved window, depicting the evacuation, was designed and engraved by New Zealand-born John Hutton
  • The memorial was completed some 17 years after the events it marks
Dunkirk Memorial


Throughout the First World War, Dunkirk served as a British seaplane base, but it was in 1940 that its name acquired a new significance.

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A map to show the location of Dunkirk Memorial


The cemetery and memorial are open daily. Both have easy access for disabled visitors.

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