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ZAVENTEM COMMUNAL CEMETERY

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Country:
Belgium
Locality:
Vlaams-Brabant
Identified Casualties:
4
GPS
CO-Ordinates:
Longitude:
4.48461
Latitude:
50.8855

Location Information

The town of Zaventem is located north-east of Brussel on the ring R0. From the ring turn off at the junction for the airport and follow the signs as if going to the airport. At the first set of traffic lights turn right into Vilvoordelaan and the follow the main road to the left into Vandijklaan, at the next junction turn left into Groenstraat and immediatly right into Steenokkerzeelstraat, take then the second turning left into kerkhoflaan and the cemetery is along on the left. The graves are located through the main entrance keep to the right and follow the path along the edge of the cemetery the graves are on the left along this path.

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.

Zaventem Communal Cemetery contains five Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, one of which is unidentified.