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LEUVEN COMMUNAL CEMETERY

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Country:
Belgium
Locality:
Vlaams-Brabant
Identified Casualties:
24

Location Information

Leuven Communal Cemetery is located in the town of Leuven itself which is 30 km east of Brussels on the N2 Brusselsesteenweg.

From Leuven railway station turn left onto the Tiensevest (R 23). Follow the Tiensevest through the junction 'Tiensepoort' along the Geldennaaksevest to the Parkpoort. At the Parkpoort junction turn left and left again doubling back onto the N 23 and 50 M later take the first turning on the right into Nieuwe Kerkhofdreef. Follow this road 200 M to a small carpark at the entrance to Leuven Communal Cemetery. The Commission plot is located at the far left hand side of the cemetery 400 M from the gate.

Visiting Information

Wheelchair Access to the cemetery is possible via the main entrance. For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our Enquiries Section on 01628 507200.

Cemetery opening hours : from Monday to Friday, from 08.00 hrs to 15.45 hrs - Saturdays and Sundays, from 08.00 hrs to 17.00 hrs

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.

Leuven Communal Cemetery contains a group of 21 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, two of them unidentified. Adjoining these graves are five burials of the First World War.