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NIEUWPOORT COMMUNAL CEMETERY

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Country:
Belgium
Locality:
West-Vlaanderen
Identified Casualties:
94

Location Information

Nieuwpoort Communal Cemetery is located in the town of Nieuwpoort, which is 20 Kms south west of Oostende.

From Oostende the N34 carries on to the N367 immediately after the King Albert Monument and the Achterhaven. 2 Kms along the N367 Brugsesteenweg lies the cemetery, on the right hand side of the road.

Visiting Information

This cemetery is open daily from dawn to sunset.

Wheelchair access is possible via the main entrance.

Historical Information

Nieuwpoort (also known as Nieuport) was about the middle of the line held by XV Corps in June-November 1917. On 10 July 1917, there was heavy fighting in this sector as the Germans mounted an attack from Nieuwpoort northwards. Most of those buried in the cemetery died in June, July and August.

In May 1940, the British Expeditionary Force was involved in the later stages of the defence of Belgium following the German invasion, and suffered many casualties in covering the withdrawal to Dunkirk.

The cemetery contains 70 Commonwealth burials of the First World War (three of them unidentified) and 31 from the Second World War (four unidentified).