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British War Cemetery
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Private Tour: Normandy Landing Beaches, Battlefields, Museums and Cemeteries...
Ranked #3 of 38 things to do in Bayeux
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Owner description: The town of Bayeux, in Normandy, lies 30 kilometres north-west of Caen. Bayeux War Cemetery is situated in the south-western outskirts of the town on the by-pass (D5), which is named Boulevard Fabian Ware. On the opposite side of the road stands the Bayeux Memorial. BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY, which was completed in 1952, contains 4,144 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 338 of them unidentified. There are also over 500 war graves of other nationalities, the majority German. The BAYEUX MEMORIAL stands opposite the cemetery and bears the names of more than 1,800 men of the Commonwealth land forces who died in the early stages of the campaign and have no known grave. They died during the landings in Normandy, during the intense fighting in Normandy itself, and during the advance to the River Seine in August.
Reviewed 5 June 2014

Beautifully maintained and precision alignment of each grave makes a great and beautiful memorial to those who died.
Free parking down the road at the museum makes the cemetery and the museum a double that should be done together.

Not much more can be said about a cemetery except that the gardeners and people who look after it do a fantastic job. Nothing was out of place or damaged / discoloured by the weather or mold etc.

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Reviewed 3 June 2014

The War Cemetery is, thankfully, just that. There is little else added, which is as it should be. The information and memorabilia that relate to the war efforts are in the nearby museum.

The grounds are immaculately maintained and are planted with roses and shrubs between the graves. The several stone memorials enclose a space where over 4 000 headstones lie in perfect geometric formation. More than 300 are 'unknown' service men and women.

A memorial arch across the road is a memorial to the many who died and had no grave at all.

It is a dignified and beautiful place. Immeasurably sad.

2  Thank ParisPossum
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

This is completely different "feel" than the American Cemetery. Very moving and worth the visit. One interesting thing is that on the headstones there is a date of birth for the fallen soldier whereas in the American Cemetery they list only the date that the solider died.

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Reviewed 1 June 2014

You cannot visit a British War Cemetery abroad and fail to be moved by the beauty and tranquility of these deeply moving places, and this cemetery is no different. The ages and names on headstone after headstone remind you of what a costly thing war is - so many husbands, fathers, brothers, who never made it home to their loved ones. Puts the rest of life into perspective. And with the whole of Normandy preparing to commemorate 70 years since the D-Day landings it makes you realise that these stories are still fresh in many people's minds.

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Reviewed 30 May 2014

Humbling experience very well maintained I was suprised at the mixture of units ages and religions and the inclusion of german soldiers.

Thank Bob S
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