British: Douvres-la-Délivrande

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Douvres-la-Délivrande is a village 14 kilometres north of Caen. Following the D7 northwards from Caen to Langrune-sur-Mer, the War Cemetery can be found after about 12km on the right side of the road. We found the only parking available to be for the adjacent civilian cemetery along Rue de la Fossette. There was plenty available, and at the time the rear service entrance to the War Cemetery was open allowing us to slip in the back. At the front entrance, there are no actual gates - rather chains affixed between pillars. In order to gain access, one end of the chain can be unclipped from its hook.

The Cemetery follows the familiar Hepworth design and despite being situated along a main road still carries a quiet and peaceful atmosphere. There are a number of double headstones within the Cemetery, including some marked "Buried near this spot".

Those interred at Douvres-la-Délivrande were mainly killed on 6th June and the landings on Sword beach, particularly Oboe and Peter sectors. Others were brought in later from the battlefields between the coast and Caen. A total of 942 Commonwealth dead are buried here, with 63 of the graves containing unidentified remains. The cemetery also contains the graves of 180 German war dead.

Contact Details:

  • Douvres-la-Délivrande War Cemetery
  • D7 Route de Caen
  • 14440 Douvres-la-Délivrande

  • N 49° 17.412 W 0° 22.664

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