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Normandy British Commonwealth War Cemeteries in Calvados, France

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Location: Next to, and south of, Ranville village church and churchyard. From the west take the D514 over the Caen Canal and River Orne then take the 2nd exit at the roundabout onto the D37. At 650 yards (594 metres) take a right turn onto the Rue de la Vallée and take the first left onto Chemin de Longueville. At the next crossroads, next to the church, at 280 yards (256 metres), continue straight across along the Rue des Airbornes. The cemetery is on your right after the church.

2,567 Burials

1,945 British Army (+ 39 unknown), 268 Heer (German Army) + 54 unknown,

85 Royal Marines (+ 1 unknown), 67 Canadian Army, 47 unknown Commonwealth soldiers,

16 Royal Air Force, 16 Royal Canadian Air Force, 5 Royal Navy (+ 8 unknown),

5 French Army, 3 Royal New Zealand Air Force, 2 Luftwaffe (German Air Force),

2 Merchant Navy unknown, 2 Royal Australian Air Force, 1 Belgian Army, 1 Polish Army,

A total of 151 burials are unidentified.


The Australians, Belgian and French are buried in Plot V.

The Pole, an engineer and Colonel in the 1st Polish Armoured Division, is buried in Plot IVA. E. 9.

The New Zelanders are buried in Plots, VA, V and IX.

The German forces fatal casualties are buried in Plots VI and VII.


Of those buried in Ranville War Cemetery, 70 (all Allied) are buried in 6 collective graves:

II. F. 21 (4 identified), III. D.10 (3 unknown), IV. C. 22-27 (6 identified), V. B. 1-22 (22 identified),

VA. D. 3-8 (6 identified), VA. H. 5-8 (1 identified and 3 unknown) VIA. C. 1-25 (25 identified).


18 casualties (all Allied) are buried in joint graves:

V. D. 4 . (2 identified), V. D. 5. (2 identified),  V. F. 7 & 8 (2 identified), VIII. A. 20 & 21 (2 identified),

VIII. D. 18 (2 identified), VIII. D. 23 (2 identified), VIII. F. 5 (2 identified),  IX. E. 17 (2 unknown).


2 casualties (both Allied) buried in this cemetery have Special Memorials to mark their grave:

Special Memorial Type 'A' (British Army), bearing the inscription 'Known to be buried in this cemetery.

Private CLIFFORD MELBOURNE OXTOBY, Special Memorial Type 'C' (Canadian Army), bearing the inscription 'Buried near this spot'.


Honours and Awards

1 Air Force Cross,  1 Distinguished Flying Cross and Bar, 1 Distinguished Service Order,

1 Distinguished Service Order and Bar, 2 Distinguished Conduct Medals,

3 British Empire Medals, 3 Territorial (Efficiency) Decorations,

4 Officers of the Order of the British Empire, 4 Distinguished Flying Crosses,

13 Mentioned in Despatches, 11 Military Crosses, 19 Military Medals.


Cemetery and Casualty Information

Ranville War Cemetery is the third largest Second World War Commonwealth War Cemetery in Normandy, France. Designed by Architect Philip D. Hepworth it was built, and is still maintained by, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (formerly the Imperial War Graves Commission). Ranville has been referred to as the airborne cemetery, since the majority of the British 6th Airborne Division fatal casualties (655) now rest here.


Some 82 regiments and corps from the British Army are represented in this cemetery, 203 men were killed on D-Day, Tuesday 6th June 1944. All identified casualties in this cemetery (with the exception of 11 German forces casualties) were killed, or died, between May and September 1944.


Casualties range from 16 to 49 years of age. Private Robert Edward 'Bobby' Johns is one of the 4 men, aged only 16 years, who are buried in Normandy from the Second World War British and Commonwealth forces.


Among those buried in this cemetery are 1 pair of British Brothers, Corporal CYRIL ALBERT JAMES ECKERT (VIA. B. 13) and STANLEY GEORGE THOMAS ECKERT (VIA. B. 23) and 1 pair of Canadian Borthers, JOSEPH MAURICE ROUSSEAU (V. A .G7) and JOSEPH PILIPPE ROUSSEAU (VA. G. 8).


More casualties also lost other family members in conflict: 1 had a father who had been killed in the First World War. 16 lost another brother, 1 who lost a twin brother and 1 lost 2 brothers elsewhere in the Second World War.


7 men who rest in this cemetery served under an alias:

Private MURRAY ADAMS-ACTON served as Private MURRAY ACTON.

Lance Corporal HANS ARENSTEIN served as Lance Corporal HARRY ANDREWS.


Serjeant EUGEN KAGERER-STEIN served as Serjeant EUGENE FULLER.

Lance Corporal KURT MEYER served as Lance Corporal PETER MOODY.

Private ERNST NATHAN served as Private ERNEST NORTON.



An Alsatian paradog called GLEN, also rests in this cemetery, he rests with his 19 year old keeper Private EMILE SERVAIS CORTEIL (IA. G. 13).



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What other people have said

Delta, Canada

Robert Hart

My Uncle, Robert Cameron Hall died in combat June 22, 1944 near Ranville

On Monday, September 11, 2017
Camlachie, Ontario, Canada

Mary Lou (McCormick) Goodacre

In memory of my John Taylor Pte RAMC O7354699 July 1944

On Sunday, November 8, 2015
Caernarfon, N Wales

Elizabeth Taylor

The resting place of our Uncle Emrys, Dad's older brother. Anita, Cheryl, Jennifer and Elizabeth. Never forgotten.

On Monday, December 8, 2014

Steven Wetherall

Very emotional,leaves a feeling of complete privelage to be here to pay respect to every single hero resting here,god bless them all

On Monday, November 17, 2014
Skelmersdale Lancs

Peter Vos

God bless them all. Everyone a hero for evermore.

On Wednesday, September 17, 2014