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Secqueville-En-Bessin War Cemetery

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    117 graves: 98 British, 18 German, 1 Allied soldier unknown.

    Secqueville-En-Bessin was a junction between British and Canadian troops. Soldiers who lie here were killed in the fighting in the advance on Caen. The cemetery began near a Field Operating Theatre. Larger than it now is, Canadians buried here were transferred to Reviers.

    This is one of the smallest British cemeteries in the district. It lies outside the village, amid fields at the end of a cul-de-sac. The first one sees of it is the Cross of Sacrifice between two Yew trees, rising from surrounding field crops. The cemetery, bounded by a clipped hedge is L-shaped. In the long section are the British with the Cross of Sacrifice at the centre whilst the Germans lie in the shorter piece.

    Though modest in size and isolated the cemetery leaves a strong impression : the soldiers who fell in the fighting, died here, otherwise they would not be buried in such isolated countryside.

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