1st (Airborne) Battalion, Royal Ulster Rifles (British Army)
Allen Charles was born in Desertmartin about 1921. The family lived in Desertmartin in what is now a shop in front of the Orange Hall. As a young man Allen went to live in Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, England. He married Mavis Charles. Lance Sergeant Allen Charles was serving with the 1st (Airborne) Battalion of the Royal Ulster Rifles when he was killed by friendly fire on 8th June 1944 during the Normandy landings.
Ranville is best reached by taking the D513 north-eastwards out of Caen, and after about 9 kilometres turning left at Herouvillette. Go north for one kilometre and then turn left into Ranville village. The War Cemetery is on Rue des Airbornes.