The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Where ever I go I always look out for a CWGC plaque as you never know what you will find.
Plousecat is a small town in Finistère, Brittany.
In their towns cemetery are the graves of 84 HMCS & Allied servicemen.
Walked into the cemetery and found the graves of 84 sailors that are buried there.
In 1944 just before D-day there was a sea battle between allied ships and a destroyer and T-boat flotilla of the German navy. HMCS Athabaskan and HMCS Haida attacked the destroyers in a night action and HMCS Athabaskan was sunk with the loss of many lives.
She was sunk in the English Channel north-east of Ouessant by two torpedoes from the German torpedo boats T-24 and T-27.
The Towns Cemetery.
On the gate is the CWGC plaque.
Of the 261 officers and men 128 did not survive.
T24 was sunk at Le Verdon
24 Aug 44.
T27 was scuttled off Ushant
29 Aug 44 .
Her Majesty's Canadian Ship.
War Memorial to Bretons servicemen and French Resistance lost in two world wars.
WW1 Bretons lost more men I believe than any other department of France.
Les Anciens Combattants Bretons.
A Leurs 240 000 Morts.
[From a Paris museum]
Looking into the Cemetery.
On the far side you can see the CWGC area.
Cross of Sacrifice.
The Cross of Sacrifice was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield. Any cemetery with over 40 graves, you can find the Cross of Sacrifice.
Sir Reginald Blomfield.
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Type in to a search engine LEST WE FORGET LEST WE FORGET it shows all the burials of HMCS Athabaskan around western Finistère.
The area of other burials around the coast.
© 2013 Richard Drew