Commonwealth Graves

Bayeux, France

Commonwealth Graves - Bayeux, Cemetery, Europe, France, Normandy, travel

There are 4,648 soldiers buried in the Bayeux War Cemetery, the largest Commonwealth cemetery of the Second World War in France. There was little fighting in Bayeux, despite its strategic importance to the invasion of Normandy, so the burials come from fighting in surrounding regions. And beyond burials from the United Kingdom, Canada, Poland, Australia and New Zealand, there are also more than 500 burials from other nations, the majority from Germany.


A symphony of sorrow, for sure. I notice there is some variation among the headstone crests. Is each representative of location of death, nationality or possibly axis/ally affiliation?

It’s the crest of their unit of service within their respective forces. Not all forces had crests (Russians, I think, amongst others) and where the remains couldn’t be identified for the details, it has a generic nationality. And if nationality was unknown, it has no crest.