Historical Information: The Allied offensive in north-western Europe began with the Normandy landings of 6 June 1944. 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. There was little actual fighting in Bayeux although it was the first French town of importance to be liberated. BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY is the largest Commonwealth cemetery of the Second World War in France and contains burials brought in from the surrounding districts and from hospitals that were located nearby. The cemetery contains 4,144 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 338 of them unidentified. There are also 505 war graves of other nationalities, the majority German. The Memorial was designed by P.D. Hepworth and unveiled by The Duke of Gloucester on 5 June 1955.


No. of Identified Casualties: 1800


Click here for archive footage of the unveiling of the Memorial at Bayeux


Sources: CWGC; The Times,P. Clare; Quiet Heroines: Nurses of WW2 by Brenda McBryde

Photos courtesy of R. Stewart, 2009; S. Western, 2009; P. Jennett, 2009; Peter ‘Micky’ Campbell, 2009; O. Dadge, 2010; M Deacon, 2012

bayeux memorial, france

Cemetery: BAYEUX MEMORIAL

Country: France

Locality: Calvados



Lance Corporal LESLIE WILLIAM BAKER 2722743, 2nd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 33 on 01 August 1944

Son of Herbert and Nellie Louisa Baker, of Vange, Pitsea, Essex.

Remembered with honour BAYEUX MEMORIAL

Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 12, Column 2.

Click here to read a partial account of the action in which L/Cpl Baker died. 


Guardsman THOMAS CHRISTOPHER COLTON 6096248, 2nd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 24 on 01 August 1944

Son of Thomas and Sarah Colton, of Hayes, Middlesex.

Remembered with honour BAYEUX MEMORIAL

Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 12, Column 2.

Click here to read a partial account of the action in which Guardsman Colton died.  


Guardsman WILLIAM THOMAS DAVIES Mentioned in Despatches 2719685, 2nd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 26 on 18 July 1944

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Davies; husband of Kathleen Mary Davies, of Kettering, Northamptonshire.

Remembered with honour BAYEUX MEMORIAL

Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 12, Column 2.

 

Guardsman JOHN FOGARTY 2723585, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 21 on 19 July 1944

Son of John and Marget Fogarty, of Kilmacow, Co. Kilkenny, Irish Republic.

Remembered with honour BAYEUX MEMORIAL

Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 12, Column 2.

 

Guardsman HENRY HILL 2720252, 2nd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 27 on 07 August 1944

Son of Ernest and Annie Maria Hill, of Castleton, Rochdale, Lancashire.

Remembered with honour BAYEUX MEMORIAL

Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 12, Column 2.


On 7 August 1944 the hospital carrier Amsterdam (London and North Eastern Railway) was returning to the UK, and was lost, believed mined off Normandy.


During the Battle of the Falaise Pocket of Operation Overlord the Normandy Landings casualties were evacuated aboard the Hospital Carrier Amsterdam. She made several successful Channel crossings where soldiers were taken to English ports but sadly she struck a mine on the 7 August 1944.


The engine room was destroyed along with about half of the craft and it started to list. The QAs on board were up against the clock to get their patients below decks to the safety of the lifeboats. This quickly became dangerous and those patients who had lost lower limbs were helpless.


The Sister in charge was Miss Dorothy Anyta Field of the QAIMNS and she bravely returned to the lower decks with fellow Sister Molly Evershed. Together they rescued 75 men even though the Hospital Carrier Amsterdam deck was angled to the surface of the water. Without a thought to their own safety they returned once more to rescue the wounded soldiers and sadly the Hospital Carrier Amsterdam sank taking the two QA Sisters with her. Sisters Field and Evershed were posthumously Mentioned in Dispatches and each man wrote to the parents of each Sister thanking them for their lives and brave actions. (Cited in Quiet Heroines: Nurses of the Second World War by Brenda McBryde).” [P. Clare]


 

Guardsman CYRIL HUNT 2720207, 2nd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 24 on 18 July 1944

Remembered with honour BAYEUX MEMORIAL

Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 12, Column 2.


Guardsman ERIC KIRKPATRICK 2722562, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 36 on 07 August 1944

Son of Mr. and Mrs. James Kirkpatrick; husband of Evelyn Kirkpatrick, of Cheadle, Cheshire.

Remembered with honour BAYEUX MEMORIAL

Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 12, Column 2.


On 7 August 1944 the hospital carrier Amsterdam (London and North Eastern Railway) was returning to the UK, and was lost, believed mined off Normandy.


During the Battle of the Falaise Pocket of Operation Overlord the Normandy Landings casualties were evacuated aboard the Hospital Carrier Amsterdam. She made several successful Channel crossings where soldiers were taken to English ports but sadly she struck a mine on the 7 August 1944.


The engine room was destroyed along with about half of the craft and it started to list. The QAs on board were up against the clock to get their patients below decks to the safety of the lifeboats. This quickly became dangerous and those patients who had lost lower limbs were helpless.


The Sister in charge was Miss Dorothy Anyta Field of the QAIMNS and she bravely returned to the lower decks with fellow Sister Molly Evershed. Together they rescued 75 men even though the Hospital Carrier Amsterdam deck was angled to the surface of the water. Without a thought to their own safety they returned once more to rescue the wounded soldiers and sadly the Hospital Carrier Amsterdam sank taking the two QA Sisters with her. Sisters Field and Evershed were posthumously Mentioned in Dispatches and each man wrote to the parents of each Sister thanking them for their lives and brave actions. (Cited in Quiet Heroines: Nurses of the Second World War by Brenda McBryde).” [P. Clare]


 

Lance Corporal PATRICK GEORGE McCARTHY-PHILLIPS 2722781, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 21 on 22 July 1944

Son of George Robert and Annie Phillips; nephew of Winifred M. Phillips, of Mevagissey, Cornwall.

Remembered with honour BAYEUX MEMORIAL

Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 12, Column 2.

 

Serjeant GEORGE THOMAS ROBINSON 2719071, Irish Guards who died age 25 on 03 August 1944

Husband of Betty Lilian Robinson, of Lowestoft, Suffolk.

Remembered with honour BAYEUX MEMORIAL

Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 12, Column 2.

 

Guardsman FRED SWALLOW 2720535, 2nd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 27 on 02 August 1944

Son of Albert James Swallow and Beatrice Mary Elizabeth Swallow, of Chelmsford, Essex.

Remembered with honour BAYEUX MEMORIAL

Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 12, Column 2.


Lance Corporal HORACE JOHN WATSON 2721048, 2nd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 28 on 18 July 1944

Son of George Herbert and Agnes Bertha Watson, of Harlow, Essex.

Remembered with honour BAYEUX MEMORIAL

Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 12, Column 2.


Guardsman BENJAMIN BRUCE WHITNEY 2718695, 2nd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 27 on 01 August 1944

Son of Kathleen Mary Whitney, of Ramsgrange, Co. Wexford, Irish Republic.

Remembered with honour BAYEUX MEMORIAL

Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 12, Column 2.

Click here to read a partial account of the action in which Guardsman Whitney died. 


From The Irish Independent, June 6, 1945:


WHITNEY - Benjamin Bruce Whitney, 2nd Battalion, Irish Guards, killed in Normandy, eldest son of James and Kathleen Whitney, of Haggard House, Ramsgrange, Co. Wexford.


 

Guardsman JOHN WINROW 2722964, 2nd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 22 on 18 July 1944

Remembered with honour BAYEUX MEMORIAL

Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 12, Column 2.


 


Quis Separabit

 

Cemetery: BAYEUX MEMORIAL

Country: France

Locality: Calvados



BALLARD, REGINALD JAMES R J GUARDSMAN 2ND BN. Grenadier Guards 2614561 18.07.1944


BARFOOT, EDWIN JOSEPH E J GUARDSMAN 2ND BN. Grenadier Guards 2616710 18.07.1944


COOPER, RONALD JOSEPH R J GUARDSMAN 2ND BN. Grenadier Guards 2623068 18.07.1944


CORBETT, THE HON. JOHN POLSON J P LIEUTENANT 2ND BN. Grenadier Guards 300818 18.07.1944


FARNWORTH, GEORGE EDWARD G E LANCE CORPORAL 1ST BN. Grenadier Guards 2614298 12.08.1944


HEMMING, SYDNEY JOSEPH S J SERJEANT 2ND BN. Grenadier Guards 2615523 18.07.1944


LEWIS, REGINALD CHARLES R C LANCE SERJEANT 2ND BN. Grenadier Guards 2614448 18.07.1944


LLOYD, FRANK F LANCE SERJEANT AND NO. 4 Grenadier Guards 2621383 20.06.1944


MARKS, ERIC LEONARD E L GUARDSMAN 2ND BN. Grenadier Guards 2615736 18.07.1944


MITCHELL, ERIC FLETCHER E F GUARDSMAN 2ND BN. Grenadier Guards 2622849 18.07.1944


PELL, GEORGE G LANCE CORPORAL 2ND BN. Grenadier Guards 2622828 18.07.1944


RICHARDS, JOHN NEVIL J N GUARDSMAN 2ND BN. Grenadier Guards 2623171 18.07.1944


RUGGLES-BRISE, THOMAS OLIVER T O LIEUTENANT 2ND BN. Grenadier Guards 267565 18.07.1944


VINCENT, ROBERT GEORGE R G LANCE CORPORAL 2ND BN. Grenadier Guards 2615754 18.07.1944




Honi soit qui mal y pense

 

Cemetery: BAYEUX MEMORIAL

Country: France

Locality: Calvados



GOWANS, DAVID D GUARDSMAN Scots Guards and No. 3 Commando 2696232 07.06.1944


MCDONALD, ALEXANDER A GUARDSMAN Scots Guards and No. 3 Commando 2696459 07.06.1944




Nemo Me Impune Lacessit

 

Cemetery: BAYEUX MEMORIAL

Country: France

Locality: Calvados



BAYLISS, CLIFFORD C LANCE SERJEANT 5TH BN. Coldstream Guards 2658506 07.08.1944


BAYLISS, WILLIAM W GUARDSMAN 1ST BN. Coldstream Guards 2664804 04.08.1944


BLYTH, DAVID D GUARDSMAN 1ST BN. Coldstream Guards 2657980 04.08.1944


BULL, CLARENCE VICTOR C V GUARDSMAN 5TH BN. Coldstream Guards 2663511 21.07.1944


MARKHAM, LEONARD L GUARDSMAN 1ST BN. Coldstream Guards 2659047 04.08.1944


MILLS, REGINALD ASHLEY R A GUARDSMAN Coldstream Guards and No. 3 Commando 2665339 07.06.1944




Nulli Secundus

 

Cemetery: BAYEUX MEMORIAL

Country: France

Locality: Calvados



BRADSHAW, JOHN JOSEPH J J GUARDSMAN 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2736328 07.08.1944


GARRINGTON, REUBEN R LANCE CORPORAL 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2736349 07.08.1944


GRITTON, ALFRED JAMES A J GUARDSMAN 2ND BN. Welsh Guards 2735424 03.08.1944


HUGHES, THOMAS T SERJEANT 2ND BN. Welsh Guards 2735991 03.08.1944


PROBART, JAMES J GUARDSMAN 2ND BN. Welsh Guards 2735371 03.08.1944




Cymru am Byth