Normandy Memorials to the Missing in Calvados, France
1,801 names of those with no known grave
1,535 British Army, 264 Canadian Army
1 South African Army and 1 war correspondent (IAN HERBERT FYFE).
Honours and Awards
1 British Empire Medal, 1 George Medal, 3 Territorial (Efficiency) Decorations,
4 Military Crosses, 7 Military Medals, 18 Mentioned in Despatches.
Memorial and Casualty Information
Bayeux Memorial was designed by architect Philip D. Hepworth and was completed and unvield by the Duke of Gloucester on 5th June 1955. The memorial was built and is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. It bears the names of 1,799 men and 2 woman.
The 2 women are 27 year old Sister MOLLIE EVERSHED and 32 year old Sister DOROTHY ANITA FIELD who were serving with the Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service. They were on board Hospital Ship Amsterdam when it was by a mine off JUNO Beach. The hospital ship had already made 2 succesful cross-channel journeys carrying wounded patients back to the United Kingdom. It was during the 3rd return sailing that the vessel struck a mine.
One half of the vessel and engine room was completely wrecked. Sister in Charge, DOROTHY ANITA FIELD had made it into one of the life boats, when she realised that many of the wounded men of whom she was in charge of, would have to be left on board the ship. As the ship began to sink she insisted on leaving the safety of the lifeboat and get back on board the stricken vessel. Also returning with her was Sister MOLLY EVERSHED. For full details, visit the memorial page for the 2 sisters on the links above.
185 men named on Bayeux Memorialwhere killed on D-Day, Tuesday 6th June 1944.
Among those named on the memorial are two brothers, 19 year old ARTHUR ERNEST EASON and 31 year old HENRY HERBERT EASON. Both were serving with the 43rd Reconnaissance Regiment and were 2 of the 166 men from that regiment who were all killed when the troopship (Motor Vessel M. V. Derrycunihy) was sunk by a mine on the 24th June 1944 off SWORD Beach. The majority (1,798) of those named on this memorial were killed between June and the end of August 1944.