A portion of the Hook of Holland General Cemetery was set aside by the local authorities for the graves of soldiers killed in action and the first Commonwealth burials were of soldiers killed in the air raids of 13 May 1940.
Two airmen shot down on 12 May 1940 and originally buried near their crashed plane, were moved into the cemetery a fortnight later.
Thereafter during the war, casualties washed ashore on the neighbouring beaches and airmen brought down in the neighbourhood were buried in this cemetery. There were American, Canadian and French servicemen among them, but these have since been moved to other cemeteries.
Hoek van Holland General Cemetery now contains a plot of 69 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, nine of them unidentified. There are also five Polish war graves and three Commonwealth non-war graves.
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- Text: Fedor de Vries
- Photos: Arie van Wijngaarden