St. Désir lies 4km to the west of Lisieux. The Cemetery itself is about one kilometre west of the village and lies on a secondary road, the D159 in a pretty rural area. There are ditches on either side of the D159 outside the Cemetery which preclude parking, however, there is an area adjacent in which vehicles can park, although in wetter months this may be unsuitable for normal cars. St. Désir War Cemetery is unusual in that it is linked by pathway to a German cemetery. This is access via a road adjacent to the British cemetery and has much better parking available.
Between the British and German cemeteries is a meandering pathway which, half way between the two, has a small memorial and flagpoles with British, French, German and EU colours flying. The contrast is styles between the two cemeteries is quite striking.
The Cemetery is the most easterly of the the Normandy burial sites and, in the main, the soldiers interred here fell during the latter stages stages of the Normandy campaign as the Allies pursuide the German forces towards the Seine. There are 598 Commonwealth burials of which 78 graves were reinterred from Chartres (St Cheron) Communal Cemetery after the war, together with the four First World War burials. There are a large number of soldiers from the 51st (Highland) Division buried at St. Désir.