59th (Staffordshire) Division 1939-1944

In Memoriam

Staffordshire War Memorial

Location: Victoria Park, Stafford; on Station Road, opposite the train station.

"To the greater glory of God and in memory of those who died whilst serving with the 59th Staffordshire Division. 1939-1945."

There is a smaller plaque underneath which says: "This plaque is a duplicate of that erected on the battlefield at Thury-Harcourt in Normandy."

Cambes-en-Plaine

The cemetery at Cambes-en-Plaine, just north of Caen, is the final resting place for 224 soldiers belonging mainly to the South Staffordshire and North Staffordshire battalions which fought in Operation Charnwood, 8-9 July 1944.

59 Div field ambulance jeeps at Cambes
Ambulance jeeps of 211th Field Ambulance Company attached to 5th Lancashire Fusiliers, north-west of Caen, 9 July 1944. [Imperial War Museum B 6808]

Fontenay-le-Pesnel

Fontenay le Pesnel cemetery holds the remains of 457 British soldiers, mainly from the South Staffordshire Regiment, East Lancashire Regiment, Royal Warwickshire Regiment.

Lieut. Col. J. G. Bullock (commanding officer, 7 S Staffs) is buried here — KIA 8 Aug 1944 (age 37) during the fight at the Orne River bridgehead. The fifty-nine German graves are largely soldiers from the 12th SS Panzer Division (HJ).

Thanks to Allan Macintyre for contributing this photo and others (2014).

Saint Contest

Memorial plaque on the wall of the church-yard in St. Contest commemorating the liberation of the village on July 8 and 9, 1944


Photo credit: Philippe Corvé The Battle of Normandy

Bayeux Memorial

Commemorates soldiers killed in Normandy whose grave locations are unknown. Has inscriptions in remembrance of 59 Division members who died during August 1944, including Operation Pomegranate and the Orne River crossing.

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