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Chemin du cimetière militaire
Mont-Canisy

14800 TOURGEVILLE

The military cemetery of Tourgéville is owned by the commission of war graves of the Commonwealth, ensuring an maintenance of this area. Created in 1918, it was set up in 1920. The permanent concession of this piece of land from France to the United Kingdom has been established by the law of December 29, 1915 (implementing decree: November 25, 1920) to bury the soldiers died on the French territory, especially the soldiers dead in the hospitals of the British Army established in Trouville-Deauville : an “English” health service camp from June 1917 on the Mont Canisy, the 14th convalescent camp in Trouville-sur-mer from October 1917 and a fleet of fishing boats in Deauville. It has become important after the creation, in February 1918, of the hospital department of Trouville-sur-mer that also included the 72nd, 73rd, 74th general hospitals, and the 13th, 14th and 15th convalescent camps.
After the First World War, it aligned 293 graves of soldiers of the First World War that died on the field for their wounds or, more than a third of them, for the Spanish flu: 209 graves of soldiers of the Commonwealth, 24 graves of American soldiers (rebuilt in 1932), 57 German graves (prisoners) and 3 graves of civilians.
Nowadays the cemetery hosts the graves of the two latest wars of both allied and non-allied soldiers. It hosts 315 graves in total: 209 graves of the soldiers of the Commonwealth, including 19 sailors, soldiers and pilots, but also 8 soldiers from Australia, 8 from Canada, and 1 from New Zealand, 13 graves of allied soldiers of the Second World War, 90 German prisoners, and 3 civilians (a nurse and two British civilians).
The cemetery is a calm, pleasant and well-maintained place. It is noticed that their top is curved or sharp to differentiate British graves from German graves. Enemies are placed in the same cemetery: it’s a nice gesture of peace in a historical place not to be missed...

The cemetery is accessible for free every day, all year round.