Scattered throughout northern Normandy are many war cemeteries where the fallen from WWII are buried in the country where they fell. 16 kms to the west of Eco-Gites of Lenault, just outside the small village of St Charles-de-Percy, is the most southerly of these where 809 British soldiers have found their final resting place. They all died late in July or early August 1944 in the major allied thrust to get from Caumont L'Evente to the important town of Vire, driving a wedge through the German 7th Army and Panzer Group West.
As with all British war cemeteries they are maintained beautifully. Each row of graves has a small area for plants around it, the edges perfectly straight and no weeds to be seen. The grass is a perfect lawn. A fitting place of calm for these brave men to lie after the horrors of war.
Even in January, when I visited, there was colour and new growth to be seen, testament that their death was not in vain. As was said on one grave I saw - "He died that we might live".
Thank you brave soldiers.
|Perfectly maintained beds|
|Heather at the ends of the rows of graves|
For more details on other memorials please visit this blog on our website - Closest WWII Memorials to Eco-Gites of Lenault.
For more gardens post please do head over to Annie's lovely How does your Garden Grow linky: