Coming Soon

The Fallen Heroes of Normandy is an evergrowing archive, database and website.

 

Just over 27,000 memorial pages to British, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, South African, Indian and Belgian fatal casualties of the Second World War in Normandy, France, along with information pages on 410 cemeteries, churchyards and memorials to the missing, made up the archive when it was officially launched on 5th June 2015.

 

In 2016, we added a further 16,000 plus memorial paged for the Amerian fallen.

 

Information and photographs about individuals and places of burial and commemoration are being added to the archive daily. In the coming months, and years, additional casualties and categories will also be added to this archive.

 

Details of future additions to, and development of, the Fallen Heroes of Normandy archive and website are detailed below for your information, please check regularly for recent updates:

 

Present Day Headstone Photographs

Added to the individual memorial pages on a regular basis. Please note we do not require images of present day headstones to be submitted, unless they include images of family members or veterans paying their respects.

 

 

Photographs of Individuals

Added on a regular basis as families, researchers and historians forward images to the archive. The most recent photographs of individuals that have been added to individual memorial pages can be viewed here on The Fallen Photograph Gallery page.

 

 

Photographs of Original Grave Markers

Added to the individual memorial pages on a regular basis as families, researchers and historians forward images to the archive. The most recent photographs of original grave markers that have been added to individual memorial pages can be viewed here on the Original Grave Markers page.

 

 

Photographs of Cemeteries

Added to the cemetery, churchyard and memorial pages on a regular basis. Please note we do not require present day photographs of any cemetery or churchyard to be submitted. However, any photographs from the 1940s, 1950s or 1960s are welcome.

 

 

Additional Memorial Pages to be Added for Casualties Buried or Commemorated in Normandy

In the coming months and throughout 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 a further 70,000+ individual memorial pages will also be added for the following fatal casualties who are buried or commemorated in Normandy, France:

  • American:  those (total presently unknown) who died of wounds and are buried in the UK and those who were repatriated to the United States.
  • Belgium: Those who may have been repatriated to Belgian (if information becomes available).
  • Dutch. Those who were repatriated to Holland (Already identified and due to bee added soon).
  • French: identified and to be added soon.
  • German: (66,004 buried in German Military Cemeteries, 11,956 resting in the German Military Mausoleum at Mont-de-Huisnes and 1,950 identified and, with the total still to be collated, unidentified German casualties in the British Commonwealth War Cemeteries and Normandy churchyards).
  • Italian: identified and to be added soon.
  • Polish: (52 buried in Commonwealth cemeteries and 650+ buried in the Normandy Polish Military Cemetery or commemorated on the Polish Plaque to the Unknown).
  • Russian: identified and to be added soon.

 

 

Memorial Pages for

the Unknown Burials

As the graves of any unknown individuals are added to the archive, and some known information about the individual collated (i.e. their force, unit or rank) each will be provided with their own memorial page detailing all the information known about them from archives and from their headstone, as well as the location of their burial.

 

It is hoped that by providing a central online database for all this information, it will help researchers possibly identify some of the unknown casualties buried in Normandy in the coming years. Photographs of the most recent headstones that have been added to the archive for the unknown, can be viewed here on the Graves of the Unknown page.

 

 

Mobile Phone and Tablet App

In 2017/18, an App for the Fallen Heroes of Normandy will be developed and published for use on mobile phones and tablets. The website can presently be accesed via mobile devices by logging onto the website direct.

 

This will provide quick and easy access to the database, archive and maps for battlefield visitors, guides and relatives of the fallen.

 

 

Additional Cemetery and Memorial Categories outside of Normandy to be Added

From 2014, the following cemetery categories and memorials that are not in Normandy, but nevertheless include details of burials of those killed or mortally wounded on, or commemorate the fallen from, the Normandy battlefields, have started to be added to the database and archive:

  • American Churchyards and Cemeteries.
  • American Memorials to the Missing.
  • American National Cemeteries.
  • United Kingdom American Cemeteries (Brookwood American Cemetery and Cambridge American Cemetery).
  • United Kingdom American Memorials (Brookwood American Memorial and Cambridge American Memorial).
  • United Kingdom British Commonwealth War Cemeteries.
  • United Kingdom Churchyards and Cemeteries.
  • United Kingdom Memorials to the Missing.

 

 

Memorial Pages to be added for Normandy Fatal Casualties Buried Outside of Normandy France

From 2014, additional memorial pages have started to be added for anyone killed, or who died of wounds sustained, in Normandy, but who are now buried, or commemorated in another country. This will include the following:

  • Over 14,000 Americans whose bodies were repatriated to, or who died of wounds in, the United States of America (in American National Cemeteries, churchyards or crematoria).
  • Americans who died of wounds and are now buried in the United Kingdom (in Brookwood American Cemetery and Cambridge American Cemetery).
  • American navy and air crew casualties who are now commemorated in the United Kingdom (at Brookwood American Memorial and Cambridge American Memorial).
  • Belgian soldiers, sailors or airmen who died of wounds in the United Kingdom (and now rest in cemeteries, churchyards or crematoria).
  • British and Commonwealth soldiers, sailors or airmen who died of wounds in the United Kingdom (and now rest in cemeteries, churchyards or crematoria).
  • British and Commonwealth service personnel who are commemorated in the United Kingdom (Brookwood Memorial, Chatham Naval Memorial, Lee-on-Solent Memorial, Liverpool Naval Memorial, Lowestoft Naval Memorial, Plymouth Naval Memorial, Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Runnymede Memorial and Tower Hill Memorial).
  • Czechoslovak soldiers, sailors or airmen who died of wounds in the United Kingdom and now rest in cemeteries, churchyards or crematoria outside of Normandy.
  • Dutch soldiers, sailors or airmen who died of wounds in the United Kingdom and now rest in cemeteries, churchyards or crematoria outside of Normandy.
  • French soldiers, sailors or airmen who died of wounds in the United Kingdom and now rest in cemeteries, churchyards or crematoria outside of Normandy.
  • Polish soldiers, sailors or airmen who died of wounds in the United Kingdom and now rest in cemeteries, churchyards or crematoria outside of Normandy.
  • Any other nation's forces personnel who died of wounds and now rest in cemeteries, churchyards or crematoria outside of Normandy.

 

 

Normandy Civillian Casualties from Military Action in Normandy

From 2018, additional memorial pages will be start to be added for any civilians who died as a result of military action in Normandy.

 

 

APPEAL FOR INFORMATION

If you can provide any photographs or additional information
please visit our Appeal for Photographs, Research or Information page here,
or email us at fallenheroeswebsite@gmail.com

 

 

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