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From Bayeux, take the
D6 southeastwards for about 12 kilometres to
Tilly-sur-Seulles. In the centre of the town, turn
right (westwards) onto the D13. The cemetery will be
found after about 1 kilometre on the left hand side.
There was heavy and
fluctuating fighting in the vicinity of
Tilly-sur-Seulles immediately after the Allied
landings in Normandy; the 7th Armoured Division and
the 49th and 50th Divisions were involved. Tilly
itself was not captured until 19th June 1944 after
having changed hands on several occasions. The first
burial made directly into the cemetery was on 8th July
1944; subsequently burials were brought in from the
battlefields in the vicinity. There are 990
Commonwealth burials of the 1939-45 war commemorated
in this site. Of these, 45 are unidentified. Also
commemorated here are 232 Foreign National casualties.
The graves here are
from the fighting around Tilly and also there are a
number of graves from Operation Bluecoat in July 1944.
The breakdown of
New Zealand - 2
Canadian - 1
Australian - 1
German - 232
Keith C. Douglas
2nd Derbyshire Yeomanry attached Notts Yeomany
(Sherwood Rangers) RAC
Killed in Action 9th June 1944, aged 24.
Son of Keith Sholto Douglas
and Marie Josephine Douglas, of Bexhill-on-Sea,
Sussex. A noted War Poet. Exhibitioner of
Merton College, Oxford, where he was a student
of Edmund Blunden.