OUDENAARDE COMMUNAL CEMETERY
- Country Belgium
- Total identified casualties 24 Find these casualties
- Region Oost-Vlaanderen
- Casualties from First & Second World War
- GPS Coordinates Latitude: 50.84914, Longitude: 3.60947
The town of Oudenaarde (Audenaarde) is located south-west of the city of Gent on the N60. From the motorway E40/A10, which runs between Oostende and Brussels, turn off at junction 15 onto the N60 direction Oudenaarde. Follow this road to the junction with the N459, turn left here along Beverestraat to the centre of town. After crossing the railway turn directly left into J.Braetstraat, then at the first junction on the right take the left hand road called Dijkstraat, then the fourth turning left called Groenstraat. The cemetery is along here on the left. The graves are located in the Belgian Military plot which is just inside the main gate.
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. Oudenaarde Communal Cemetery contains 18 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, one of which is undientified. There are also seven First World War burials in the cemetery, mostly of men who died as prisoners of war.