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HOUTEM CHURCHYARD

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Casualty Record Detail
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Country:
Belgium
Locality:
West-Vlaanderen
Identified Casualties:
13
GPS
CO-Ordinates:
Longitude:
2.60689
Latitude:
51.01202

Location Information

Houtem Churchyard is located 10 km south of Veurne.

From Veurne town centre the N39 Duinkerkestraat leads for 500 metres towards Adinkerke where it joins the N8 towards Ieper. 2 km along the N8 lies the right hand turning onto the Bulkskampstraat towards the village of Bulskamp (3 km).

5 km beyond Bulskamp on the Moeresteenweg lies the village of Houtem. The churchyard is located in the village itself on the junction between Dorpsstraat and Kerkhoek.

Historical Information

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.

Houtem Churchyard contains 16 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, three of them unidentified.