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British War Cemetery
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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.
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“A very moving experiance”
Reviewed June 15, 2013

A must visit if you are in the area. you really must take a few moment so walk around in silence and reflect on these brave men.

A much different place to visit than the American cemeteries. The British Cemeteries are designed to be more like an English Garden, very well kept, where other than the cross in the middle, there is not religious symbolism, its a place to simply reflect on the fallen and is much more focused on the men, unlike the American Cemeteries which tend to be more grand, every grave is a cross, which reflecting ponds and statues etc.

I found after visiting a British, American and German Cemetery, that this British one provoked much more of a emotional response in me than the others, due to its fantastically simple layout.

Visited June 2013
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“A beautiful and well tendered cemetery.”
Reviewed June 10, 2013

A very moving place to visit. It's well maintained and all the graves have flowers growing alongside them.

Visited June 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Moving memorial to British and non-British casualties of WWII”
Reviewed June 9, 2013

This cemetery is on a much smaller scale than the American cemetery. In addition to containing graves of British and other commonwealth (Canada & Australia) soldiers, it also includes graves of Soviet, Czech, Italian, Polish, and, yes, German forces (and perhaps other nationalities as well).

Also, unlike the headstones at the American cemetery -- which are rigidly identical with the exception of Stars of David in lieu of crosses for the Jewish soldiers -- there is more variety among the gravestones here. Most of the graves include some sort of personalized message at the bottom, whether in the form of a quote of scripture, a reference to family, or the like. And, aside from crosses and stars, there are gravestones that are non-denominational (all of the Soviet stones, but also British graves), as well as a few Islamic headstones.

There is also a memorial across the street to all of the British missing, whose remains were not recovered.

Visited June 2013
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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“Terribly moving”
Reviewed June 3, 2013

Very important that everyone should visit this place and be reminded of the astonishing bravery and remarkable sacrifice that our elders and betters made. Take your children. Tell them why this must never happen again. Unmissable.

Visited June 2013
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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“A moving experience”
Reviewed May 29, 2013

After visiting the tapestry we went here to pay respects to the british soldiers. It is a well kept cemetery looking at the dates some survived just under a day. Visit the museum all is worth a visit.

Visited May 2013
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