Historical Information: The Allied offensive in north-western Europe began with the Normandy landings of 6 June 1944. Ranville was the first village to be liberated in France when the bridge over the Caen Canal was captured intact in the early hours of 6 June by troops of the 6th Airborne Division, who were landed nearby by parachute and glider. Many of the division's casualties are buried in Ranville War Cemetery and the adjoining churchyard The CEMETERY contains 2,235 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 97 of them unidentified. There are also 330 German graves and a few burials of other nationalities. The CHURCHYARD contains 47 Commonwealth burials, one of which is unidentified, and one German grave.


No. of Identified Casualties: 2415



Source: CWGC; TNA

Photos courtesy of A. Oglesby 2008; G. & S. Chadwick, 2009

ranville war cemetery, france

Cemetery: RANVILLE WAR CEMETERY

Country: France

Locality: Calvados



Lieutenant MICHAEL HENRY CHAINE-NICKSON 233957, 2nd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 25

on 27 July 1944

Son of Augustus Alexander Chaine-Nickson and Rachel Halley Chaine-Nickson, of Dunleer, Co. Louth, Irish Republic. M.A. (Oxon.).

Remembered with honour RANVILLE WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: IX. E. 15.


Captain IAN DOUGLAS RUTHERFORD GRANT 108939, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 27

on 18 July 1944

Son of Douglas Joseph and Elspeth Rutherford Grant; husband of Maureen Frances Grace Grant, of Copthorne Bank, Sussex. B.A. (Oxon.).

Remembered with honour RANVILLE WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: IVA. N. 15.

See Times article Jul 27, 1944; FALLEN OFFICER, GRANT

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From 3rd Battalion War Diary, 19 July, 1944:


“ST. MARTIN-LES-ENTREES, 19 July


The Battalion formed up in the concentration area in normal order of march for an embussed move, with 2 Company as Advance Guard Company complete with this supporting weapons.  The start line was crossed without incident and at the correct time.  The routes proved to be well picketed an marked, but the journey was very monotonous and dusty.


18.00 hours

Finally the Battalion debussed, immediately prior to which, Captain I.D.R. GRANT (1 Company Commander) was hit in the stomach by shell splinters, and died of wounds the next day.  Lieutenant P.A. McCALL took over temporary command of No. 1 Company.”

 


Guardsman ALEX LESLIE JAYES 2721386, 2nd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 29 on 19 July 1944

Son of Harold William and Elisabeth Jayes, of Leicester; husband of Florence Winifred Jayes, of Leicester.

Remembered with honour RANVILLE WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: VIII. F. 20.

 



Quis Separabit

 

Cemetery: RANVILLE WAR CEMETERY

Country: France

Locality: Calvados



BAILEY, JOSEPH J LANCE CORPORAL 2ND BN. Grenadier Guards 2622451 28.07.1944


BAKER, WILLIAM THOMAS W T SERJEANT 2ND BN. Grenadier Guards 2610923 23.07.1944


DAVID, WILLIAM GEORGE W G SERJEANT 2ND BN. Grenadier Guards 2615726 27.07.1944


DEAN, RONALD CYRIL R C GUARDSMAN Grenadier Guards and No. 3 Commando 2623256 06.06.1944


OWEN, JAMES VICTOR J V GUARDSMAN 2ND BN. Grenadier Guards 2623190 24.07.1944


PRESTON, ERIC SAMUEL E S LANCE CORPORAL 2ND BN. Grenadier Guards 2616514 27.07.1944


RAWLINS, PETER GORDON P G LIEUTENANT 2ND BN. Grenadier Guards 240003 23.07.1944


THOMPSON, GEORGE G LANCE CORPORAL Grenadier Guards and No. 6 Commando 2618392 10.06.1944




Honi soit qui mal y pense

 

Cemetery: RANVILLE WAR CEMETERY

Country: France

Locality: Calvados



FARR, JAMES J LANCE SERJEANT 5TH BN. Coldstream Guards 6202354 22.07.1944


FLETCHER, STANLEY S GUARDSMAN 5TH BN. Coldstream Guards 2663876 19.07.1944


GRIFFITHS, EVAN WILLIAM E W GUARDSMAN Coldstream Guards and No. 3 Commando 2664194 07.06.1944


RAWSON, GEORGE ALBERT G A LANCE CORPORAL 5TH BN. Coldstream Guards 2654130 22.07.1944

YATES, GEORGE G GUARDSMAN 5TH BN. Coldstream Guards 2660911 18.07.1944




Nulli Secundus

 

Cemetery: RANVILLE WAR CEMETERY

Country: France

Locality: Calvados



MELVILLE, HUGH MONTGOMERY H M GUARDSMAN - Scots Guards 2701062 18.08.1944




Nemo Me Impune Lacessit

 

Cemetery: RANVILLE WAR CEMETERY

Country: France

Locality: Calvados



BUTTERS, KEITH K LANCE CORPORAL 2ND ARMD. RECCE. BN. Welsh Guards 2738213 26.07.1944


DAVIES, JOHN J GUARDSMAN 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2736074 20.07.1944


EVANS, WILFRED HENRY GEORGE W H G GUARDSMAN 2ND BN. Welsh Guards 2734353 25.07.1944


HUMPHREYS, HERBERT H GUARDSMAN 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2736088 25.07.1944


JONES, EMRYS LLOYD E L LANCE CORPORAL H.Q. 5TH GUARDS ARMD. BDE. Welsh Guards 2734513 18.07.1944


LEWIS, CLIFFORD ELIAS C E GUARDSMAN 2ND BN. Welsh Guards 2736001 25.07.1944


MCQUEEN, THOMAS HENRY T H GUARDSMAN 2ND BN. Welsh Guards 2735522 25.07.1944


PLOW, BERTRAM KITCHNER B K LANCE CORPORAL 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2735076 25.07.1944


STEPHENSON, THOMAS T GUARDSMAN 2ND BN. Welsh Guards 2734769 25.07.1944


WILLIAMS, ROBERT JOHN R J LANCE CORPORAL 2ND BN. Welsh Guards 2734782 25.07.1944




Cymru am Byth