BRAINE L'ALLEUD COMMUNAL CEMETERY

 

 

Brabant Wallon

 

 

Belgium

 

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Location Information

 

The village of Braine-l'Alleud is situated to the south-west of Waterloo off the ring road R0. From the ring road R0 turn off at Junction 24, Braine-l'Alleud, and drive in the direction of the town along rue du Piraumont. Cross the railway and continue to the T junction at the end of the road. Turn right into Chaussee D'Ophain and follow the main road - there is a sharp bend to the right followed by another sharp bend to the left. Past this bend the road joins with another main road in the direction for Brussels. A short way after this junction there is a fork off to the right. Take the right hand road called rue Pierre Flamand and the cemetery is along there on the right. If you miss the fork carry on along the main road, cross over the railway and then take the first turn on the right called rue Jean Volders, turn first right again and the cemetery is on the left. The Commonwealth graves are located to the left hand side of the cemetery. Walk through the main entrance and turn left along the path. Follow this path to the corner, turn right and the graves will be found on the left.

 

 

GPS Coordinates N 50 41 10   E 4 22 17



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.

Baine-L'Alleud Communal Cemetery contains three Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, two of which are unidentified, and one First World War burial.

 

 

 

 

World War One Burial

 

46057 Private J. Ross, 9th Bn., Royal Scots, died 24th February 1919, aged 29. Son of William and Jane McDonald Ross, of Tominourd, Cromdale, Morayshire.

 

 

World War One Burial

 

2723227 Guardsman Percival William Pratt, 2nd Bn., Irish Guards, died 4th September 1944, aged 22. Son of Maurice and Winifred Margaret Pratt, of Yapton, Sussex.

 

 

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