Port-Joinville is a village on the Ile-d'Yeu, a small island about 8 kilometres long some 23 kilometres south of the Ile de Noirmoutier. The island gained a certain notoriety after World War II as the place where Philippe Pétain, the head of state under the Vichy Government of France between 1940 and 1944, was held after his death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment by Charles De Gaulle.
The communal cemetery is south of the village on the right-hand side of the road to Port-de-la-Meule, and along the right-hand wall from the main gate are the graves of eight British soldiers (one of whom is not identified) and of three airmen of the Royal Air Force, four of the Royal New Zealand Air Force and one of the Royal Canadian Air Force. Seven of the airmen are buried in a collective grave, marked by one upright headstone and seven recumbent slabs.
GPS Coordinates: 46.71943, -2.34961
- Added: 22 Jul 2001
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #639127
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