Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch
Region : Ranville, Calvados, France
Latitude : 49.23109
Lontitude : -0.25847
CWGC Link : 2033500
Ranville is best reached by taking the D513 north-eastwards out of Caen, and after about 9 kilometres turning left at Herouvillette. Go north for one kilometre and then turn left into Ranville village. The War Cemetery is on Rue des Airbornes.

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Magherafelt Casualties
No     Rank Name Service No Regiment / Service Date Of Death Grave Ref
1 Portrait Portrait L/Sgt Charles, Allen 7019670 Royal Ulster Rifles 08/06/1944 Grave IVA-E-2
2 Portrait Sgt. Coyle, John 7010278 Royal Ulster Rifles 07/06/1944 Grave IVA-N-8
Cemetery History
The Allied offensive in north-western 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 330 German graves and a few burials of other nationalities. The CHURCHYARD contains 47 Commonwealth burials, one of which is unidentified, and one German grave.