Dieppe Canadian Cemetery, Hautot-sur-Mer

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The Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery is a cemetery in France containing Canadian and British soldiers who were killed during the Dieppe Raid in 1942.
944 members of the Allied Armed Forces are interred at Dieppe, of which 707 are Canadian. Other dead from the raid are buried in Rouen, where the Germans took captured raiders, some of whom died of their wounds, or at the Brookwood Cemetery in Surrey, where wounded were taken by the Allies. Also in the cemetery are the remains of one woman, Mary Janet Climpson, a British Salvation Army Officer who had been killed in 1940.
The cemetery is unique in that it was created by the occupying Germans, as the Allied raid was a disaster and many dead were forced to be left behind in enemy territory. The headstones have been placed back to back in long double rows, typical of German burials but unlike any other Commonwealth war cemetery. When Dieppe was retaken in 1944, the Allies elected not to disturb the graves, so this unusual arrangement still stands. The post-war design was by Commission architect Philip Hepworth. Today, the cemetery is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery contains the grave (H.6) of Pilot Officer Dastur Rustom Nariman of the Royal Indian Air Force 12 Sqdn. (R.A.F.) who was killed over Normandy on 31 August 1941 aged 22.
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  • we have been visiting this beautiful cemetery a couple of times and it does not cease to give pride for the young canadian troops resting in here and whom lost their lives for the freedom of this... 
    we have been visiting this beautiful cemetery a couple of times and it does not cease to give pride for the young canadian troops resting in here and whom lost their lives for the freedom of this...  more »
  • This small cemetery is immaculately maintained. There’s not a blade of grass out of place and it’s a very lovely tribute to the people that sadly lost their lives. The gravestones are intricately... 
    This small cemetery is immaculately maintained. There’s not a blade of grass out of place and it’s a very lovely tribute to the people that sadly lost their lives. The gravestones are intricately...  more »
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  • This cemetery is denoted as Canadian, though it holds a host of other countries lost. There a also British, New Zealand, Polish and French - Sailors, Royal Marines, Army and Airman amongst the many resting places, there is also one Lady, from the Salvation army, and many medics, in this most peaceful place. God bless them all 😇
  • Regardless of your heritage or cultural background, GO. If you are from Canada and your are in Dieppe. Unquestionably, GO. There are very, very few things that make me cry, but stepping onto the perfectly trimmed, slightly soft grass and seeing the graves brought me to tears. Although it’s a small site, its power should not be underestimated. This was truly one of my favourite visits to date. It is quiet, pristine and gives you time to meditate away from the chaos that can sometimes be downtown Dieppe. Pro tip: read some of the names on the graves, as well as the message that comes with it. The sheer loss caused from one simple raid is captured very eloquently in the words of those the soldiers left behind. You didn’t know them, but they knew you. They knew that you were going to be the product of freedom. They paid the ultimate price, so the least that you can do is pay them a visit while you are in Dieppe.

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