All Commonwealth burials on Les Moutiers-en-Retz Communal Cemetery lost their lives when the troopship Lancastria was bombed and sunk off St. Nazaire, 29 kilometres north of Les Moutiers, on 17th June, 1940.
There are 62, 1939-45 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, a quarter are unidentified.
Lack of space prevented the erection of individual headstones and all the men are commemorated by a memorial in the form of a screen wall, with a number of Portland stone panels upon which the names are carved. Between these panels are others bearing the badges of the various regiments and across the memorial, above the names, runs the inscription "In honoured memory of these British soldiers who perished in the loss of the troopship Lancastria on June 17th, 1940 and who are buried here".
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