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Nantes (Pont-Du-Cens) Communal Cemetery

  • Country France
  • Total identified casualties 106 Find these casualties
  • Region Loire-Atlantique
  • Identified casualties from Second World War
  • GPS Coordinates Latitude: 47.24259, Longitude: -1.58247

Location information

Nantes is a town on the River Loire about 48 kilometres east of St Nazaire. The Pont-du-Cens Communal Cemetery is on the north-western outskirts of the town on the western side of the road to Rennes. The Commonwealth War Graves are in a special plot about 100 metres east (right) of the main entrance.

Visiting information

Wheelchair access to this cemetery is possible with some difficulty. For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our Enquiries Section on telephone number 01628 507200..

History information

During the 1939-1945 War Nantes was the disembarkation port for stores and vehicles of the first British Expeditionary Force, and in June, 1940, a port of re-embarkation for Line of Communication troops and material. The Pont-du-Cens Communal Cemetery was started in 1939 to supplement the ten other burial grounds within the boundaries of the commune. There are now over 100, 1939-45 war casualties commemorated in this site. Some were moved into the cemetery from isolated graves at Vivonne, Les Rochelles and near Vertou, and others from Tours (La Salle) Communal Cemetery, St. Brevin-les Pins Communal Cemetery, St. Pere-en-Retz Communal Cemetery, Bougenais Communal Cemetery and a temporary burial ground at Coeson, where permanent maintenance for all time could not be assured.