August 2012 - Normandy France
I thought this would be appropriate for this week.
Click here for a link to the Fallen Heroes website which puts a face to many of these graves.
This is outside the church.
The churchyard was used for immediate burials, and some soldiers from 6th (Airborne) were laid to rest at this location as the fighting for the Eastern Flank continued. After the Second World War the site was chosen to regroup burials from this part of the battlefield, and graves were brought in from a number of areas, including: Amfreville, Colleville-sur-Orne, Houlgate, Colombelles and Villers-sur-Mer. The cemetery was finally closed in 1946.
A very high proportion of the dead here are men from 6th (Airborne) Division. Burials total 2,562 - contains 2,235 Commonwealth burials 97 of them unidentified. There are also 330 German graves and a few burials of other nationalities.
In the grounds of the old church are local graves along with soldiers' graves.
A German grave.