British: Brouay

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Brouay Cemetery is unique amongst the Normandy war cemeteries in that you must first pass through a civilian village cemetery to gain access. The village of Brouay is situated about half way between Caen and Bayeux off the D217. It's proximity to the church makes finding the general location fairly easy. Because of the steps required to reach the Cemetery wheelchair access is nto possible. There is no dedicated car parking here.

Brouay War Cemetery is quite different from the other Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemeteries. Although still designed by Philip D. Hepworth, and comprising many familiar components, it has a unique atmosphere. The close proximity to a village cemetery makes apparent the stark contrast between civilian and military cemeteries, and highlights just how much care and attention goes into both the design and maintenance of a war cemetery.

The remains of 377 fallen soldiers are buried here, having been killed during the capture of Caen and the battle to close the Falaise gap.

During our 2014 visit we noted the recent planting of saplings, and we look forward to returning as these trees mature and the landscape evolves.

Contact Details:

  • Brouay War Cemetery
  • Rue de l'Eglise
  • Brouay

  • N 49° 12.899 W 0° 33.705

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