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Commonwealth War Graves Kortrijk

There are now 221 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in this cemetery. 11 of the burials are unidentified and there are special memorials to more than 30 casualties who died in 1914-15 and were buried in the German plot but whose graves could not be found.

During the Second World War, 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.

The cemetery contains 34 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War.

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