HANDZAME COMMUNAL CEMETERY

 

 

West-Vlaanderen

 

 

Belgium

 

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Location Information

 

The village of Handzame is located 10 kilometres east of the town of Lichtervelde off the N35 which runs between Lichtervelde and Diksmuide. Driving along the N35 from Lichterveld in the direction of Diksmuide cross the railway line and take the third turning on the right signed for Handzame. Follow this road into the village and out the other side, the cemetery is located on this road. The graves are toward the left in the middle of the cemetery.

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.

Handzame Communal Cemetery contains the graves of six Commonwealth airmen of the Second World War.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Burial Details

 

FYLES,THOMAS RAYMOND,T R,27,,26/08/1941,,Pilot Officer,Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve,40 Sqdn.,Belgium,'61994',HANDZAME COMMUNAL CEMETERY,Grave 515.,"SON OF JOHN AND IDA FYLES, OF SEAFORTH, LIVERPOOL. LL.B."


KNIGHT,
GORDON,G,,,26/08/1941,,Sergeant,Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve,40 Sqdn.,Belgium,'1161364',HANDZAME COMMUNAL CEMETERY,Grave 517.,


MARTIN,ALAN CRESSWELL,A C,27,,26/08/1941,,Squadron Leader,Royal Air Force,40 Sqdn.,Belgium,'32051',HANDZAME COMMUNAL CEMETERY,Grave 516.,"SON OF ALAN ROBERT AND JUANITA MARTIN; NEPHEW OF GERTRUDE MARTIN, OF BARNSTAPLE, DEVON."


PERRAS,ROLAND JOSEPH FIDELE,R J F,19,,26/08/1941,,Sergeant,Royal Canadian Air Force,40 (R.A.F.) Sqdn,Belgium,'R/54987',HANDZAME COMMUNAL CEMETERY,Grave 514.,"SON OF RODOLPHE AND ALBERTA PERRAS, OF MONTREAL, PROVINCE OF QUEBEC, CANADA."


REYNOLDS,REGINALD ROBERT,R R,19,,26/08/1941,,Pilot Officer,Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve,40 Sqdn.,Belgium,'67080',HANDZAME COMMUNAL CEMETERY,Grave 519.,"SON OF REGINALD AND CHRISTABEL REYNOLDS, OF EXETER."


WRIGHT,WILLIAM,W,31,,26/08/1941,,Flying Officer,Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve,40 Sqdn.,Belgium,'77373',HANDZAME COMMUNAL CEMETERY,Grave 518.,"SON OF FRANCIS RANKEN WRIGHT AND MARY BROOME WRIGHT, OF WHETSTONE, MIDDLESEX; HUSBAND OF INEZ VIDA WRIGHT, OF MARYLEBONE, LONDON."

 

 

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