Historical Information: The Allied offensive in north-western Europe began with the Normandy landings of 6 June 1944. 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. BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY 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.


No. of Identified Casualties: 4265


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


Source: CWGC; The Times; The Irish Times

Photos courtesy of R. Stewart, 2009; S. Western, 2009; P. Jennett, 2009; Peter ‘Micky’ Campbell, 2009; R. McAllister, 2011

bayeux war cemetery, france

Cemetery: BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY

Country: France

Locality: Calvados


 

Corporal FREDERICK WILLIAM ATKINSON 2719213, 2nd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 27 on 02 August 1944

Remembered with honour BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: XXVI. E. 4.



Guardsman SIDNEY ERNEST BECKETT 2721400, 2nd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 24 on 18 July 1944

Son of Joseph and Florence Beckett, of Steeple Claydon, Buckinghamshire.

Remembered with honour BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: III. J. 8.


“HOME AT LAST

THY LABOUR DONE

SAFE AND BLEST

THE VICTORY WON”



Guardsman JOSEPH BRIGGS 2722611, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 24 on 12 August 1944

Remembered with honour BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: XXVI. E. 15.



Guardsman DENNIS HENRY PERCY BUCKINGHAM 2722034, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 24 on 11 August 1944

Son of Percy Buckingham, and of Rose Buckingham, of Henstead, Suffolk.

Remembered with honour BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: XVI. E. 4.


“AT REST IN PEACE”



Guardsman DAVID DINGWALL 2723623, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 19 on 18 August 1944

Son of John and Catherine Dingwall.

Remembered with honour BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: XXVI. E. 3.


“SINCERE AND TRUE

IN HEART AND MIND

WHAT A BEAUTIFUL MEMORY

HE LEAVES BEHIND R.I.P.”



Guardsman GEORGE STEWART FERGUSON 2723795, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 19 on 08 August 1944

Son of David Doig Ferguson and Pauline Ferguson, of Fulham, London.

Remembered with honour BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: XX. C. 16.


“FOR EVER IN OUR THOUGHTS

DEAR SON”



Guardsman HENRY FRANCIS MADDEN 2723657, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 20 on 05 August 1944

Son of William Madden, and of Ada Elizabeth Madden, of Chadwell St. Mary, Essex.

Remembered with honour BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: II. K. 11.


“FROM THE RISING OF THE SUN

TO THE GOING DONW THEREOF

WE WILL REMEMBER”



Guardsman PATRICK FRANCIS MAHER 2722878, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 22 on 11 August 1944

Remembered with honour BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: XVI. E. 3.


“ETERNAL REST

GIVE UNTO HIM O LORD

AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT

SHINE UPON HIM”



Lance Corporal DONALD BURCHAM MOORE 2723397, 2nd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 20 on 07 August 1944

Son of George Henry and Eitheria Amelia Moore, of Stradbroke, Suffolk.

Remembered with honour BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: XXVI. D. 4.


“ALWAYS REMEMBERED”



Guardsman JAMES PATRICK JOSEPH O'HANLON 2723994, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 23 on 24 July 1944

Son of Patrick and Mary Anne O'Hanlon; husband of Kathleen O'Hanlon, of Bessbrook, Co. Armagh. Northern Ireland.

Remembered with honour BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: III. H. 13.


“NOT JUST TODAY

BUT EVERY DAY

IN SILENCE I REMEMBER

LOVING WIFE KATHLEEN”



Guardsman JAMES ASHLEY OLIVER 2723305, 2nd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 22 on 02 August 1944

Son of James E. and Sarah B. Oliver, of Keswick, Cumberland.

Remembered with honour BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: XXVI. E. 6.


“A BEAUTIFUL MEMORY

IS AL WE HAVE LEFT

OF A SON

WHO WAS ONE OF THE BEST”



Guardsman ARTHUR POTTS 2724063, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 21 on 11 August 1944

Son of Stewart and Annie Potts, of Lisburn, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland.

Remembered with honour BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: XXVI. E. 19.


“UNTIL THE DAY BREAK

AND THE SHADOWS FLEE AWAY”


  1. +his brother

Stoker 1st Class STEWART POTTS D/SKX 942, H.M.S. Sultan, Royal Navy who died age 21 on 14 February 1942
Son of Stewart and Annie Potts, of Lisburn, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland.
Remembered with honour PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL

Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 70, Column 2.

http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2486217


The brothers are also remembered on the War Memorial at Lisburn, Co. Antrim.

 


Lieutenant THOMAS EDWARD STAFFORD-KING-HARMAN 200112, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 22 on 04 August 1944

Son of Sir Cecil William Francis Stafford King-Harman, 2nd Bt., and of Lady Stafford King-Harman (nee Acland), of Rockingham, Co. Roscommon, Irish Republic.

Remembered with honour BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: XV. E. 23.

See Times article Aug 21, 1944; FALLEN OFFICERS STAFFORD-KING-HARMON


“WHO SHALL SEPARATE US

FROM THE LOVE OF CHRIST?”


From The Irish Independent, May 25, 1945:


STAFFORD-KING-HARMAN - Killed in action on Aug. 4, 1944, Lieut. Thomas Edward Stafford-King-Harman, Irish Guards, dearly loved and only son of Lt.-Colonel Sir Cecil Stafford-King-Harman, Baronet, and Lady Stafford-King-Harman, of Rockingham, Boyle, aged 22.



Guardsman THOMAS TYRRELL 2724014, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 22 on 13 August 1944

Son of Peter and Mary Ellen Tyrrell, of Cabra, Dublin, Irish Republic.

Remembered with honour BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: XXVI. E. 16.


“LATE OF

10 ANNAMOE PARK, CABRA, DUBLIN

“SACRED HEART OF JESUS

HAVE MERCY” R.I.P.”



Guardsman FRANK REGINALD WHITBY 2721800, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 32 on 12 August 1944

Son of Mrs. K. Whitby, of Congleton, Cheshire.

Remembered with honour BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: XXVI. E. 20.


“TREASURED MEMORIES

OF A SMILING FACE

A BROKEN LINK

WE CAN NEVER REPLACE - MOTHER”

 


Guardsman LIONEL LESLIE WIMBRIDGE 2721323, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 30 on 09 August 1944

Son of John William and Fanny Agnes Wimbridge; husband of Ethel Mary Gwendoline Wimbridge, of Yeovil, Somerset.

Remembered with honour BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: XXVI. E. 8.


“GOD’S GREATEST GIFT,

REMEMBRANCE.

LOVING WIFE MARY,

MUM, DAD, BROTHERS & SISTERS”




Quis Separabit

 

 

Cemetery: BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY

Country: France

Locality: Calvados



BROWNLEE, JASON J GUARDSMAN 1ST BN. Grenadier Guards 2614982 01.08.1944


CLOUGH, HARRY H GUARDSMAN 4TH BN. Grenadier Guards 14220897 06.08.1944


FITZROY, LORD CHARLES OLIVER EDWARD C O E LIEUTENANT - Grenadier Guards 267563 06.08.1944


HILLMAN, REGINALD R GUARDSMAN 4TH BN. Grenadier Guards 2615895 14.08.1944


HUNT, GEORGE ROBERT G R LANCE SERJEANT 4TH BN. Grenadier Guards 2609268 14.08.1944


JOHNSON, ARNOLD A GUARDSMAN 4TH BN. Grenadier Guards 2623293 06.08.1944


JOHNSON, ERIC THOMAS E T LANCE CORPORAL ATTD. H.Q. SQN., 6TH GUARDS TANK BDE. Grenadier Guards 2619013 26.09.1944


LINEKER, WILFRED W GUARDSMAN 1ST BN. Grenadier Guards 2622331 27.09.1944


MACE, WILLIAM GEORGE W G GUARDSMAN 4TH BN. Grenadier Guards 2612426 06.08.1944


MASON, NEVILLE RALPH N R SERJEANT 1ST BN. Grenadier Guards 2616309 01.08.1944


OAKLEY, ARTHUR JAMES A J LANCE CORPORAL 4TH BN. Grenadier Guards 2622100 05.08.1944


PARKIN, WILLIAM W GUARDSMAN 4TH BN. Grenadier Guards 2622355 05.08.1944


SMITH, JACK WILLIAM J W GUARDSMAN 4TH BN. Grenadier Guards 2622374 06.08.1944


STEVENS, ALVIN A LANCE SERJEANT 4TH BN. Grenadier Guards 2618568 06.08.1944


WAGHORN, JAMES J GUARDSMAN 1ST BN. Grenadier Guards 2616433 01.08.1944


WILSON, WILLIAM W GUARDSMAN 4TH BN. Grenadier Guards 2615755 06.08.1944




Honi soit qui mal y pense

 

Cemetery: BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY

Country: France

Locality: Calvados



ARNOLD, SIDNEY JOHN S J LANCE SERJEANT 1ST BN. Coldstream Guards 2664608 11.08.1944


ASCOUGH, LESLIE CLARENCE L C LANCE CORPORAL 5TH BN. Coldstream Guards 664660 29.06.1944


BOYLE, DAVID LOGAN D L LIEUTENANT 5TH BN. Coldstream Guards 307874 14.08.1944


BROOK, FRANK F GUARDSMAN 4TH BN. Coldstream Guards 2661250 20.08.1944


CARR, ADRIAN JOHN ROBERT WHITELAW A J R W GUARDSMAN 5TH BN. Coldstream Guards 2659126 01.08.1944


CHILDS, ERNEST EDWARD E E GUARDSMAN 5TH BN. Coldstream Guards 2665807 06.08.1944


COLES, JOHN NICHOLAS MOXEY J N M LIEUTENANT - Coldstream Guards 262108 06.08.1944


DOLLING, KENNETH HENRY K H GUARDSMAN 5TH BN. Coldstream Guards 2664176 29.06.1944


EYDEN, SYDNEY HENRY S H GUARDSMAN 5TH BN. Coldstream Guards 2660671 12.08.1944


FALLER, GERALD BENSON G B LIEUTENANT 5TH BN. Coldstream Guards 278596 12.08.1944


FRANCIS, FREDERICK ALBERT F A GUARDSMAN 1ST BN. Coldstream Guards 2665289 01.08.1944


GEORGE, RALPH R GUARDSMAN 1ST BN. Coldstream Guards 2665275 01.08.1944


HOWARD, MARK PAUL GEOFFREY M P G MAJOR 5TH BN. Coldstream Guards 72092 02.07.1944


KEATING, DENNIS GEORGE D G GUARDSMAN 5TH BN. Coldstream Guards 2666095 08.08.1944


LEVELL, JOHN HENRY J H GUARDSMAN 5TH BN. Coldstream Guards 2663202 16.08.1944


NEARY, LESLIE L GUARDSMAN 1ST BN. Coldstream Guards 2665211 06.07.1944


PUGH, PHILLIP CHARLES P C GUARDSMAN 5TH BN. Coldstream Guards 2666371 11.08.1944


ROBERTS, WILLIAM W GUARDSMAN 1ST BN. Coldstream Guards 2660231 26.07.1944


SURR, JOSEPH MARDSEN J M GUARDSMAN 5TH BN. Coldstream Guards 2660384 06.08.1944


TAYLOR, CHARLES ALFRED JAMES C A J GUARDSMAN 5TH BN. Coldstream Guards 2660899 06.08.1944


VAUGHAN, WILLIAM W LANCE CORPORAL 5TH BN. Coldstream Guards 2660707 07.08.1944


WALKEY, FREDERICK JOHN F J GUARDSMAN 5TH BN. Coldstream Guards 2664751 11.08.1944


WATSON, JOHN VERDUN J V GUARDSMAN 5TH BN. Coldstream Guards 2660577 19.07.1944


WYATT, ERIC E GUARDSMAN 1ST BN. Coldstream Guards 2665083 09.08.1944




Nulli Secundus

 

Cemetery: BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY

Country: France

Locality: Calvados



BIRSS, JAMES J SERJEANT - Scots Guards 2696468 06.08.1944


BRAND, WILLIAM MCDOUGALL W M GUARDSMAN - Scots Guards 2698234 11.08.1944


CALDER, RICHARD GORDON R G GUARDSMAN - Scots Guards 2698326 09.08.1944


DORMAN, WILLIAM JAMES W J CAPTAIN 3RD BN. Scots Guards 154935 02.09.1944


DUNLOP, JAMES ALEXANDER J A GUARDSMAN - Scots Guards 2698413 01.08.1944


FINCH, CYRIL ALLAN C A GUARDSMAN - Scots Guards 2699226 06.08.1944


GEDRIM, JOHN MILLAR J M LANCE SERJEANT - Scots Guards 2696770 06.08.1944


HAY, HENRY GLENDINNING H G GUARDSMAN - Scots Guards 2701050 06.08.1944


JARDINE, ROBERT R GUARDSMAN - Scots Guards 2698328 04.07.1944


MATHIESON, DOUGLAS GRAHAM D G CAPTAIN 3RD BN. Scots Guards 113563 06.08.1944


PHILLIPS, GEORGE WILLIAM G W LANCE CORPORAL - Scots Guards 2694092 11.10.1944


SMALL, HARRY H GUARDSMAN - Scots Guards 2699115 06.08.1944


TIERNEY, MICHAEL FRANCIS M F GUARDSMAN - Scots Guards 2699783 01.08.1944


TOWERS, CHARLES EDWIN C E GUARDSMAN - Scots Guards 2700616 16.08.1944




Nemo Me Impune Lacessit

 

Cemetery: BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY

Country: France

Locality: Calvados



ALCOCK, THOMAS T GUARDSMAN 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2738824 11.08.1944


AVERY, CYRIL HENRY C H GUARDSMAN 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 14362789 11.08.1944


BATTERHAM, HENRY GEORGE H G GUARDSMAN 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 14592612 04.08.1944


BETTY, DOUGLAS D GUARDSMAN 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2738908 04.08.1944


BOWEN, TOM LEWIS T L LANCE CORPORAL 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2734592 04.08.1944


BRACE, CHARLES STEERER C S GUARDSMAN 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2737186 06.08.1944


BRASSINGTON, GEORGE KENNET G K GUARDSMAN 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2736756 04.08.1944


BUCKLEY, ALBAN A GUARDSMAN 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2734303 04.08.1944


CAWLEY, ROBERT ERNEST R E GUARDSMAN 2ND BN. Welsh Guards 2737045 25.07.1944


CLARKE, ARTHUR RUSSELL A R GUARDSMAN 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2734358 04.08.1944


COLE, CYRIL ERNEST C E GUARDSMAN 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2734418 08.08.1944


CREWDSON, JAMES J GUARDSMAN 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2738649 04.08.1944


DAVIES, ALBERT A LANCE SERJEANT 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2733791 04.08.1944


DAVIES, ARTHUR GWYNNE A G GUARDSMAN 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2737191 11.08.1944


DAVIES, JAMES J LANCE SERJEANT 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2736220 11.08.1944


DOLE, WILLIAM JOHN W J GUARDSMAN 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2735999 04.08.1944


EDWARDS, WILLIAM FRANK W F LANCE CORPORAL 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2736745 04.08.1944


EVANS, MEIRION M GUARDSMAN 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 14652195 11.08.1944


FLETCHER, ARTHUR CYRIL A C LANCE SERJEANT 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2733023 28.06.1944


FRANCOMBE, KENNETH SAMUEL K S GUARDSMAN 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2738589 10.08.1944


GETHING, WALTER W GUARDSMAN 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2736470 11.08.1944


GILTINAN, CORNELIUS C LANCE CORPORAL 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2732543 13.08.1944


GREAVES, WILFRED W LANCE CORPORAL 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2737364 11.08.1944


HARRIS, GEORGE HENRY G H GUARDSMAN 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2736479 04.08.1944


HODGSON, FREDERICK F GUARDSMAN 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2735971 12.08.1944


HOPLEY, LEWIS CHARLES L C LANCE SERJEANT 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2734265 11.08.1944


HORNE, EDWIN JAMES GODFREY E J G GUARDSMAN 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2736269 05.08.1944


HOUGH, HORACE GEORGE H G GUARDSMAN 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2734523 04.08.1944


HOWELLS, DAVID JOHN D J LANCE SERJEANT 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2736664 12.08.1944


JOHNSON, JOHN ARTHUR J A GUARDSMAN 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2040892 16.08.1944


JONES, JACK J LANCE SERJEANT 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2733279 04.08.1944


JONES, WILLIAM VINCENT W V LANCE SERJEANT 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2736700 04.08.1944


LLEWELLYN, DAVID HOWARD D H LANCE CORPORAL 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2734874 12.08.1944


MAIN, ALFRED VINCENT A V LANCE CORPORAL 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2733024 11.08.1944


MARTIN, ROBERT JOHN R J GUARDSMAN 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2738514 04.08.1944


MCCORMICK, JOHN ALBERT J A GUARDSMAN 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2734912 11.08.1944


MORGAN, RONALD R LANCE SERJEANT 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2734535 06.08.1944


POOLE, REGINALD IVOR R I GUARDSMAN 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2733753 04.08.1944


REED, FRANK CHARLES F C GUARDSMAN 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2737733 04.08.1944


REID, JOHN EDWARD J E LIEUTENANT - Welsh Guards 269233 11.08.1944


ROWLAND, GARFIELD G LANCE SERJEANT 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2735604 12.08.1944


SHEPPARD, DOUGLAS D GUARDSMAN 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2735230 04.08.1944


SIMS, STANLEY ROBERT S R LANCE CORPORAL 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2734256 12.08.1944


SMITH, ERIC E GUARDSMAN 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2735153 04.08.1944


SMITH, FRANK F LANCE SERJEANT 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2736658 04.08.1944


SMITH, WILLIAM KIRBY W K GUARDSMAN 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2735661 04.08.1944


TAYLOR, WILFRED LEONARD W L GUARDSMAN 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2736372 04.08.1944


THOMAS, RONALD R GUARDSMAN 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2738322 11.08.1944


TURNBULL, MAURICE JOSEPH M J MAJOR CDG. NO.2 COY. 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 107563 04.08.1944


WHITE, CYRIL RAYMOND C R GUARDSMAN 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2734144 30.06.1944


WHITTLE, WYNDHAM W GUARDSMAN 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2733246 04.08.1944


WILLIAMS, GLANWYN THEOPHILUS G T GUARDSMAN 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2739181 11.08.1944




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