DEINZE COMMUNAL CEMETERY
|Total identified casualties||1 Find these records|
|Casualties from||Second World War|
Deinze is situated 17 kilometres south-west of Gent, astride the Kortrijk-Gent road. From Kortrijk to Gent on A14/E17 take the exit at Junction 7 and take the N35 towards Deinze. At the traffic lights at the 'T' Junction between Gaversesteenweg and Volhardingslaan turn right following the signs for Tielt. Carry straight on at roundabout into Tweebruggenlaan and at the traffic lights, before canal, take left hand turning into Stadionlaan. Follow this road as it changes name to Kongoplein and then to Peter Benoitlaan. The cemetery is on the corner of Peter Benoitlaan and Leon Declercqstraat. On entering the cemetery turn right and follow the path. Take the second path to the left and the war grave is the first on the left.
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. Deinze Communal Cemetery contains one Commonwealth burial of the Second World War, that of a Belgian airman who served with the Royal Air Force. The grave is marked by a private memorial.