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MELSELE COMMUNAL CEMETERY

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Country:
Belgium
Locality:
Oost-Vlaanderen
Identified Casualties:
1

Location Information

The village of Melsele is located west of the city of Antwerpen on the N70.

From the motorway E17/A14, which runs between Kortrijk and Antwerpen, turn off at junction 16 onto the N419, direction Zwijndrecht. Follow this road to the junction with the N70 and turn left towards Melsele. Take the second turning on the right called Sint-Elisabethstraat and the cemetery is along here on the right. The grave is located to the right of the Belgian Military plot.

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.

Melsele Communal Cemetery contains one Commonwealth burial of the Second World War.