Middelkerke Communal Cemetery
Picture courtesy of Jean-Michael Dominique
|Middelkerke Communal Cemetery is
located 9 km south west of Oostende. From Oostende the N34 continues for 9
km to the costal town of Middelkerke. The town is approached via the C de
Grootelaan which leads to the left hand turning onto Kerkstraat N325. The
next immediate left hand turning leads onto the N318 Oostendelaan. 500
metres along the Oostendelaan lies the right hand turning onto the H.
Prootstraat. The cemetery is located at the end of H. Prootstraat. This
cemetery is not an open site and access is limited by normal cemetery
opening hours. (Rear entrance to this cemetery is permanently open).
The British Expeditionary Force was involved in the later stages of the defence of Belgium following the German invasion in May 1940, and suffered many casualties in covering the withdrawal to Dunkirk. Commonwealth forces did not return until September 1944, but in the intervening years, many airmen were shot down or crashed in raids on strategic objectives in Belgium, or while returning from missions over Germany. The Commonwealth plot in Middelkerke Communal Cemetery contains 53 burials of the Second World War, ten of them unidentified, and two Polish war graves.
No. of Identified Casualties: 45
45 Identified casualties
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