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Location Information


The village of Avekapelle is located east of the town of Veurne off the N35 which runs between Veurne and Diksmuide. Driving out of Veurne along the N35 go past the turning on the left for the N330 and take the next turning on the right called Avekapellestraat. Follow this road to the end, go straight across the junction and the church is in front of you. The grave is at the south-east corner of the Church.

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.

Avekapelle Churchyard contains the grave of one Commonwealth airman of the Second World War.



Burial Details



119577 Flying Officer Vincent James Markey, Pilot in 174 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, died 30th July 1943, aged 23. Son of James H. and Lilian Edith Markey, of Glasgow.