Antwerp (Antwerpen) Belgium
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Visiting Information: Wheelchair access possible via main entrance. For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our Enquiries Department on telephone number: 01628 634221
Location Information: Turnhout Communal Cemetery is located 48 Km north east of Antwerp and 42 km west of Eindhoven. From Antwerp the N12 leads directly to Turnhout itself via Westmalle. From the Grote Markt in the centre of Turnhout follow the one way system around Sint-Pieterskerk and turn right into the Herentalsstraat which becomes Gratakker further along. Follow this road for 1200 m to the traffic lights at the Turnhout ring road. Turn left at this junction onto Parklaan and go 800 m to the first set of traffic lights. Here turn left into Kwakkelstraat. The Communal Cemetery lies 350 m along this road on the right. The Commission plot is 50 m into the cemetery on the right hand boundary wall.
Historical Information: 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. Turnhout Communal Cemetery contains a small plot of 34 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War. To the west of these, by the south wall, are two First World War graves.
No. of Identified Casualties: 36