Bayeux Memorial, Bayeux, Normandy, France

More than 1800 names are listed on the Bayeux Memorial. It faces the British Cemetery to the south-west of the town and is a sombre place to pay respects.

Bayeux Memorial

1945 Boulevard Fabian Ware

Bayeux

Normandy

1440

France

Opposite the Bayeux War Cemetery stands the Bayeux Memorial. The memorial bears the names of over 1800 men of the Commonwealth land forces. They died during the D-Day landings and in the intense battling through Normandy. Most have no known graves.

Bayeux War Memorial

The Bayeux War Memorial overlooks the Commonwealth Military Cemetery on the outskirts of the town on Bayeux. Photo taken on 8th June 2014.

The white stone memorial faces the Commonwealth cemetery and bears a Latin epitaph. The frieze inscription refers to William the Conqueror’s invasion of England in 1066.

A memorial in the conqueror’s land

Nos a Gulielmo victi victoris patriam liberavimus.

Translated, it reads: “We, once conquered by William, have now set free the conqueror’s native land.”

Visiting the Bayeux Memorial

The memorial carries the names of 1808 men from the Commonwealth who died in the Battle of Normandy. They have no known graves.

Inscription on the Bayeux War Memorial

An inscription to the men of the Royal Tank Regiment who served and died during the Battle of Normandy between June and August 1944. Photo taken on 8th June 2014.

The names include 270 Canadian servicemen and women. Also listed are the 189 men of the 43rd Divisional Reconnaissance Regiment who made up the crew of the Derrycunihy. A German mine tore the hull of the ship apart just off the Ouistreham coast. The disaster was the single biggest British loss in the Normandy campaign.

Tanks at the Bayeux Memorial

A tank belonging to an American historical re-enactor passes by the War Memorial in Bayeux during the D-Day 70 commemorations. Photo taken on 8th June 2014.

Visitors are welcome to view the Bayeux Memorial at any time. It is worth combining with a visit to the nearby cemetery and the Museum of the Battle of Normandy a short walk away.

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