West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen) 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: Zwevegem Communal Cemetery is located 32 Km east of Ieper town centre on the Meenseweg N8, a road connecting Ieper to Menen (Menin), Wevelgem, Kortrijk, Zwevegem and on to Avelgem. Zwevegem is approached via the N8 Kortrijkstraat, which leads to the village centre, having passed through the town of Kortrijk. The cemetery itself is located by turning left at the church of Zwevegem, onto the T.Toye Plein. The cemetery adjoins the Plein (village square) itself.
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. Zwevegem Communal Cemetery contains 11 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War.