Normandy British Commonwealth War Cemeteries in Calvados, France
1,945 British Army (+ 39 unknown), 268 Heer (German Army) + 54 unknown,
85 Royal Marines (+ 1 unknown), 67 Canadian Army, 47 unknown Commonwealth soldiers,
16 Royal Air Force, 16 Royal Canadian Air Force, 5 Royal Navy (+ 8 unknown),
5 French Army, 3 Royal New Zealand Air Force, 2 Luftwaffe (German Air Force),
2 Merchant Navy unknown, 2 Royal Australian Air Force, 1 Belgian Army, 1 Polish Army,
A total of 151 burials are unidentified.
The Australians, Belgian and French are buried in Plot V.
The Pole, an engineer and Colonel in the 1st Polish Armoured Division, is buried in Plot IVA. E. 9.
The New Zelanders are buried in Plots, VA, V and IX.
The German forces fatal casualties are buried in Plots VI and VII.
Of those buried in Ranville War Cemetery, 70 (all Allied) are buried in 6 collective graves:
II. F. 21 (4 identified), III. D.10 (3 unknown), IV. C. 22-27 (6 identified), V. B. 1-22 (22 identified),
VA. D. 3-8 (6 identified), VA. H. 5-8 (1 identified and 3 unknown) VIA. C. 1-25 (25 identified).
18 casualties (all Allied) are buried in joint graves:
V. D. 4 . (2 identified), V. D. 5. (2 identified), V. F. 7 & 8 (2 identified), VIII. A. 20 & 21 (2 identified),
VIII. D. 18 (2 identified), VIII. D. 23 (2 identified), VIII. F. 5 (2 identified), IX. E. 17 (2 unknown).
2 casualties (both Allied) buried in this cemetery have Special Memorials to mark their grave:
Special Memorial Type 'A' (British Army), bearing the inscription 'Known to be buried in this cemetery.
Private CLIFFORD MELBOURNE OXTOBY, Special Memorial Type 'C' (Canadian Army), bearing the inscription 'Buried near this spot'.
Honours and Awards
1 Air Force Cross, 1 Distinguished Flying Cross and Bar, 1 Distinguished Service Order,
1 Distinguished Service Order and Bar, 2 Distinguished Conduct Medals,
3 British Empire Medals, 3 Territorial (Efficiency) Decorations,
4 Officers of the Order of the British Empire, 4 Distinguished Flying Crosses,
13 Mentioned in Despatches, 11 Military Crosses, 19 Military Medals.
Cemetery and Casualty Information
Ranville War Cemetery is the third largest Second World War Commonwealth War Cemetery in Normandy, France. Designed by Architect Philip D. Hepworth it was built, and is still maintained by, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (formerly the Imperial War Graves Commission). Ranville has been referred to as the airborne cemetery, since the majority of the British 6th Airborne Division fatal casualties (655) now rest here.
Some 82 regiments and corps from the British Army are represented in this cemetery, 203 men were killed on D-Day, Tuesday 6th June 1944. All identified casualties in this cemetery (with the exception of 11 German forces casualties) were killed, or died, between May and September 1944.
Casualties range from 16 to 49 years of age. Private Robert Edward 'Bobby' Johns is one of the 4 men, aged only 16 years, who are buried in Normandy from the Second World War British and Commonwealth forces.
Among those buried in this cemetery are 1 pair of British Brothers, Corporal CYRIL ALBERT JAMES ECKERT (VIA. B. 13) and STANLEY GEORGE THOMAS ECKERT (VIA. B. 23) and 1 pair of Canadian Borthers, JOSEPH MAURICE ROUSSEAU (V. A .G7) and JOSEPH PILIPPE ROUSSEAU (VA. G. 8).
More casualties also lost other family members in conflict: 1 had a father who had been killed in the First World War. 16 lost another brother, 1 who lost a twin brother and 1 lost 2 brothers elsewhere in the Second World War.
7 men who rest in this cemetery served under an alias: