GHENT CITY CEMETERY

 

Gent

 

Oost-Vlaanderen

 

Belgium

 

GENERAL DIRECTIONS: Gent City Cemetery is located in the north west corner of the city, at a point where the N9 Brugsevaart meets the N40 Gent Inner ring road. Approaching the cemetery via the E40 motorway, visitors should leave the motorway at junction "Gent West" on the N466. After 5 kilometres turn left onto the N70 following signs for Lokeren. After 1.3 kilometres the road crosses the ship canal. There then follows a left turning following signs for Eeklo. After 400 metres turn right into the Francisco Ferrerlaan (the fourth street on the right hand side after the bridge). Having passed through the cemetery gates, follow the main cemetery road to the right. The Commission plot is on the extreme right hand side of the Cemetery 500 metres from the main gate.

 

Gent (also known as Ghent) was occupied by French Marines and the British 7th Division early in October 1914, but evacuated on the 11th. It them remained in German hands until reoccupied by the Belgians on 10 November 1918. The Germans returned to Gent in May 1940 and remained there until the city's liberation on 10 September 1944. In May 1940, the main fighting around Gent occurred near the junction of the Ghent-Bruges and Ternenzen canals, and in September 1944, it was the northern part of the city that was most heavily affected. Gent City Cemetery contains military plots of many nationalities, including Commonwealth. The First World War Commonwealth graves, which total 86, are prisoners of war buried there during the German occupation, plus two brought in from JABBEKE CHURCHYARD after the Armistice. In addition, nearby, are 111 of the Second World War.

 

CASUALTY DETAILS: UK 78; Canada 8; Total Burials: 86

 

 

Number of burials by Unit

Canadian Units 8   East Yorkshire Regt 6
Cheshire Regt 4   Durham Light Inf 4
Machine Gun Corps (Inf) 4   West Yorkshire Regt 4
Worcestershire Regt 4   Gloucestershire Regt 3
Northumberland Fusiliers 3   Royal Scots (Lothian Regt) 3
16th Bn London Regt (Queens Westminster Rifles) 2   5th Bn London Regt (London Rifle Brigade) 2
Cameron Highlanders 2   Devonshire Regt 2
Highland Light Inf 2   Kings Own Royal Lancaster Regt 2
Middlesex Regt 2   Royal Naval Air Service 2
Royal Naval Division 2   South Staffordshire Regt 2
13th Hussars 1   2nd Bn London Regt (Royal Fusiliers) 1
3rd Bn London Regt (Royal Fusiliers) 1   6th (Inniskilling ) Dragoons 1
9th Bn London Regt (Queen Victorias Rifles) 1   Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders 1
Buffs (East Kent Regt) 1   Cambridgeshire Regt 1
Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) 1   Coldstream Guards 1
King's Liverpool Regt 1   Lancashire Fusiliers 1
Lincolnshire Regt 1   Manchester Regt 1
Northamptonshire Yeomanry 1   Royal Engineers 1
Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regt) 1   Royal Irish Regt 1
Tank Corps 1   Wiltshire Regt 1
Yorkshire Regt (Green Howards) 1      
Identified UK & Canadian Burials 84      
Unidentified UK Burials 2    Collated by Barry Cuttell  
Total Burials 86    

 

 

Those with awards buried/commemorated in this cemetery:

HARRISON, Pte. Stephen David, M.M. "C" Coy 2nd Bn. London Regt. (Royal Fus.) Died of wounds 29th Aug. 1917, aged 26. A 1

MOSSOP, Capt. W. N., M.C. West Yorkshire Regt. Died 11th May 1918. D 7

RIDDLE, Rfn. W. H., M.M. 9th Bn. London Regt. (Queen Victoria's Rifles) Died 28th Aug. 1917. B 16

Amongst others buried in this cemetery :-

BLAGROVE, Flt. Lieut. Cecil Richard. R.N.A.S. (Dunkirk) Killed in air combat near Brugges Harbour, 7th Feb. 1917, aged 20. B 1A

FOOTE, Lt. Richard Christopher Gorges. R.M.L.I. 9th R.M. Bn. Royal Naval Div. Died 15th Oct. 1914 of wounds received on the 6th Oct. at Antwerp, aged 20. Son of the Rev. John V F and Margaret A Foote of Notting Hill, London. A 20

GOUGH, Lt. Cyril. 4th Bn. East Yorkshire Regt. Died 11th Oct. 1918, aged 45 at German Military Hospital, Ghent, of wounds received at Armentières 8th Sept. B 18

SKILL, Capt. Harold Jefferson. 21st Bn. Middlesex Regt. Died of wounds 7th April 1918, aged 39. Also served in German East Africa and in the South African War. B 21

THATCHER, Rfn. William Herbert Joseph. "A" Coy. 1/5th Bn. London Regt. (London Rifle Brigade). Died of wounds received near Glencorse Wood, 27th Aug. 1917, aged 19. B 5

 

 

 

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