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Commonwealth Memorial of the Missing Bayeux

On the Memorial of the Missing opposite the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Bayeux are registered the names of 2,808 missing soldiers : 1,537 British, 270 Canadians and 1 South-African.

These soldiers have no known grave. Their body has never been found or is buried under one of the many headsones with the text "Known unto God".

A free translation of the text on the memorial "Nos a Gulielmo victi victoris patriam liberavimus" is "We, once conquered by William, have now set free the Conqueror's native land". this points to Willem the Conqueror who invaded England in 1066 and was crowned to Willem the 1st.

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  • Text: Jeroen C. Koppes
  • Photos: Barry van Veen