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Ryes War Cemetery is a Commonwealth cemetery in Normandy. There are almost a thousand soldiers buried here; the majority of them are British.
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.
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.
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.
There isn't much parking at the cemetery although you can park directly outside.
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