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Les Moutiers-En-Retz Communal Cemetery

  • Country France
  • Total identified casualties 46 Find these casualties
  • Region Loire-Atlantique
  • Identified casualties from Second World War
  • GPS Coordinates Latitude: 47.06493, Longitude: -1.99661

Location information

Les Moutiers-en-Retz is a seaside village 10 kilometres south-east of Pornic, a small town and fishing port about 51 kilometres by road west-south-west of Nantes. The Cemetery lies on the eastern side of the village. Against the southern wall of the cemetery are buried 62 servicemen belonging to the forces of the United Kingdom.

Visiting information

Wheelchair access to this cemetery is possible via main entrance. For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our Enquiries Section on 01628 507200.

History information

All save the sailor lost their lives when the troopship Lancastria was bombed and sunk off St. Nazaire, 29 kilometres north of Les Moutiers, on 17th June, 1940. There are now over 60, 1939-45 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, a quarter are unidentified. Lack of space prevented the erection of individual headstones, and all the men are commemorated by a memorial in the form of a screen wall, with a number of Portland stone panels upon which the names are carved. Between these panels are others bearing the badges of the various regiments, and across the memorial, above the names, runs the inscription "In honoured memory of these British soldiers who perished in the loss of the troopship Lancastria on June 17th, 1940, and who are buried here".