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Published on July 14, 2019 by Chris Robinson

Ryes War Cemetery is a Commonwealth cemetery in Normandy. There are almost a thousand soldiers buried here; the majority of them are British.

Ryes war cemetery

On 6th June 1944 Allied troops landed on Normandy beaches. This action was a turning point in World War 2 resulting in France being liberated almost three months later.

Normandy war cemetery

Many of the British troops landed on Gold Beach near Arromanches and were from the 50th (Northumbrian) Infantry Division. Ryes War Cemetery is on the D87 just outside the village of Bazenville near to Ryes. It's 8km east of Bayeux.

There are 652 Commonwealth burials, 1 Polish and 35 German. Visitors can search the burials register and can also download a plan of the cemetery online.

plan of Ryes war cemetery

This information is also in the cemetery. There are two stone porches on either side of the burial ground. In the wall is a memorial register with burials listed alphabetically. Each record has a reference number that relates to the grave. You can consult the plan at the front of the register to find the grave.

Normandy cemetery

Ryes burial register

An extract from the Ryes burial register

There isn't much parking at the cemetery although you can park directly outside.

Commonwealth war cemetery in Normandy Ryes war cemetery

To help you discover more information about the D-Day landing beaches, you can click here to read this in-depth article with photos, videos and practical information.

 

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Meet The Author
Until 2014 I worked in central London as a marketeer for a membership organization. Years of watching property renovation programmes on TV sparked a dream to do this in France having studied French and worked there previously. I left my job and completed the sale of my house on the same day (a stroke of luck rather than good planning) and headed off to Normandy. I undertook a barn renovation project managing the artisans’ workload. The result is a 3 bedroom gite which I now market all year providing me with endless opportunities to increase my skills and knowledge.
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