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“British war cemetery”

Ranville War Cemetery
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D-Day Tour Including Guided Visit of the Mémorial...
Ranked #2 of 3 things to do in Ranville
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Reviewed June 20, 2013

We visited this cemetery together with the adjacent Ranville Church cemetery.

This was beautifully laid out and maintained with lovely flowers a fitting sight for the brave young men who rest here.

Thank TheAdmiralLondon
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

Hard to write a review about a War Cemetary.... But I would say if you are British a place not to be missed to pay your respects....Especially if completing the D-Day journey of history....

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Reviewed February 13, 2013

H D Brotheridge was the first soldier who lost his life on the D Day landings, he was mortally wounded capturing the nearby Pegasus Bridge.

Head to Ranville and look for the church spire, the cemetery is next to the church.

The grave is by the boundary wall in the civilian area of the church yard.

2  Thank Philip C
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

A visit to Normandy needs to include Pegasus Bridge and the cemetery at Ranville. Be sure you go into the church yard where the graves of the soldiers who died, June 5-6, 1944 are located. The graves in the British cemetery are beautifully maintained by the War Commission. The beauty of the gardens show respect and provide a place "that is forever England." Still, I was deeply touched by those graves, British, French, and German, who were buried in a separate section of the regular cemetery. All these years, they have been part of the town.

1  Thank DeeDee M
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

The Ranville War Cemetery is located in the middle of the small town of Ranville, France and is the final resting place for over 2,200 British soldiers and about 320 German soldiers. The cemetery is kept in immaculate condition by The Commonwealth War Graves Commission. You cannot fail to be moved by reading the headstones and realizing how young the soldiers are who fought and died in this area. The German soldiers are buried in a separate section of the cemetery and are identified with British shaped headstones (which are much different than the German headstones at other WWII German War cemeteries).

The majority are of the graves are in the War Cemetery but there are about 30-50 graves on the edge of the adjacent civilian cemetery. One of these graves is of Lt. Brotheridge who was killed on Pegasus Bridge in the first minutes of the attack (one of the first soldiers killed on D-Day). His brave and sad story was told in Stephan Ambrose’s book Pegasus Bridge. His grave had the most flowers and memorials than any other in the cemetery.

If you are in the area I recommend that you visit this beautiful, well maintained cemetery.

2  Thank rockyjoe
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