British: Cambes-en-Plaine

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Seven kilometres north-west of Caen is the cemetery at Cambes-en-Plaine. Situated on Rue du Mesnil Ricard, just off the D220A. There is ample off road parking just a short distance away and apart from a single step the entrance is accessible to all.

The cemetery is quite small with only British burials. It is bordered on three sides by beautiful mature trees and tucked behind a small hedge facing the headstones is a bench to allow quiet contemplation in the tranquil surroundings.

There are 224 burials, with most of the graves belonging to the 59th (Staffordshire) Division, and in particular the South Staffordshire and North Staffordshire Regiments. Both of these units were involved in Operation Charnwood - the final attack on Caen. It was during this battle, between 8th and 12th July that most of those interred at Cambes-en-Plaine were killed.

Just a short walk along the road from the cemetery entrance is a memorial to the 2nd Battalion The Royal Ulster Rifles. It was soldiers from Ulster Rifles who captured the village of Cambes-en-Plaine on 9th June.

Contact Details:

  • Cambes-en-Plaine
  • Rue du Mesnil Ricard
  • 14610 Cambes-en-Plaine

  • N 49° 14.202 W 0° 23.153

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