West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen) Belgium
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Visiting Information: Wheelchair access to site possible, but may be by an alternative entrance. For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our Enquiries Section on telephone number 01628 507200.
Location Information: Ramscappelle Road Military Cemetery is located 2 kilometres east of Nieuwpoort on the N367, which leads from Nieuwpoort to Sint Joris. From Nieuwpoort town centre the Willem Deroolaan leads for 500 metres onto the N367 Brugsesteenweg. The cemetery lies 1 kilometre along the N367 on the junction with the N356 Ramskapellestraat.
Historical Information: From June to November 1917, Commonwealth Forces (XV Corps) held the front line in Belgium from St Georges (now Sint Joris), near Ramskapelle, to the sea. Most of Plot I of Ramscappelle Road Military Cemetery was made in July and August 1917, but the cemetery was considerably enlarged after the Armistice when graves were brought in from other burial grounds in the area and from the battlefields. There are now 841 Commonwealth casualties of the First World War buried or commemorated in this cemetery. 312 of the burials are unidentified, but special memorials commemorate two casualties known or believed to be buried among them. There are also special memorials to 26 casualties originally buried at Nieuport (now Nieuwpoort) whose graves were destroyed by shell fire. The cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.
No. of Identified Casualties: 529
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