EEKLO COMMUNAL CEMETERY
|Total identified casualties||15 Find these records|
|Casualties from||Second World War|
Eeklo Communal Cemetery is located midway between Brugge (25 km) and Gent (18 km) on the N9 which connects the two towns via Eeklo. From Brugge the N9 passes through Sijsele, Maldegem, Aldegem and finally arrives at Eeklo. On reaching the village of Eeklo the cemetery is located on the right hand side of the N9 Molenstraat, 200 metres before reaching the village square. This cemetery is not an open site and access is limited by normal cemetery opening hours.
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. Eeklo Communal Cemetery contains 15 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War.