ranville churchyard



The Allied offensive in northern Europe began with the Normandy landings of 6 June 1944. Ranville was the first village to be liberated in France when the bridge over the Caen Canal was captured intact in the early hours of 6 June by troops of the 6th Airborne Division, who were landed nearby by parachute and glider. Many of the division's casualties are buried in Ranville War Cemetery and the adjoining churchyard The CEMETERY contains 2,235 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 97 of them unidentified. There are also 321 German graves and a few burials of other nationalities. The CHURCHYARD contains 47 Commonwealth burials, one of which is unidentified, and one unidentified German grave.
  1. PARAS Parker, John William

    SURNAME Parker FORENAME John William UNIT 13 Bn RANK Corporal NUMBER 3651896 DATE OF DEATH 7th June 1944 AGE 34 GRAVESITE Ranville Churchyard, France Grave 24 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION born County Durham resided County Durham son of William and Annie Parker husband of...
  2. PARAS Blackburn, Edward

    SURNAME Blackburn FORENAME Edward UNIT 12 Bn RANK Private NUMBER 14554052 DATE OF DEATH 7th June 1944 AGE 20 GRAVESITE Ranville Churchyard,France Grave 4 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION born 1923, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, UK resided Newcastle-on-Tyne KIA Normandy
  3. PARAS Milburn, Frank

    SURNAME Milburn FORENAME Frank UNIT 12 Bn (C Company) RANK Sergeant NUMBER 4343040 DATE OF DEATH 6th June 1944 AGE 29 GRAVESITE Ranville Churchyard,France Grave 42 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION born Gateshead,Co.Durham son of Florence Amelia and late Harold...