Liedekerke is a
village 29 kilometres west of Brussels and south east of Aalst. The village is
located approximately 2 kilometers south of the Brussel – Gent (A10 E40)
2 kilometres east of the Ninove-Aalst road. Brussels is the most convenient
From Brussel follow the E40 towards Gent then exit at junction 19a. Turn left
towards Denderleeuw on Stationsstraat. After crossing the railway line
continue to the round about and turn left into Affligemsestraat towards
Liedekerke. After crossing the railway again take the fifth turning right into
Papenbergstraat then take the first left into Molenstraat and the cemetery is
located on the left approximately 500 meters from the junction. The
Commonwealth burial is in a family vault and is the first grave on the right
hand side of the main path after entering the cemetery.
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.
Liedekerke Communal Cemetery contains one Commonwealth burial of the Second
World War, that of a Belgian airman who served with the Royal Air Force.
164497 Flying Officer
Navigator in 320 (Dutch) Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, died
13th January 1945, aged 25. Son of Frans and Louise Mertens; husband of Norah
Mertens (nee Brunt), of North Cray, Sidcup, Kent. Order of Leopold II, Croix