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Nossegem Communal Cemetery

Vlaams-Brabant

 Belgium

Pictures courtesy of Andre De Smet and Jean-Michel Dominique

 

Location Information

The village of Nossegem lies 13 kilometres east of Brussels, 450 metres north of the main Brussels-Louvain road. The cemetery is situated at the corner of the Namenstraat and the Erpsestraat.

The graves are in the south-eastern corner of the cemetery, against the boundary wall.


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.

Nossegem Communal Cemetery contains the graves of five Commonwealth airmen of the Second World War.

 Burial Details

1106187 Sergeant Frank Birch, Air Gunner in 218 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, died 2nd September 1942, aged 21. Son of Walter Robinson Birch and Edith Birch, of Darnall, Sheffield.

1111478 Sergeant Thomas McCord Campbell, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner in 218 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, died 2nd September 1942, aged 21. Son of Robert John and Jeannie Campbell, of Portrush, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland.

411778 Sergeant George Ernest Reid, Air Gunner in 218 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, died 2nd September 1942, aged 31. Son of Hugh and Nora Agnes Reid, of Kaikorai, Otago, New Zealand; husband of Margaret Elizabeth Reid, of Dunedin, Otago.

41999 Flight Sergeant Keith Forbes Ryan, Pilot in 218 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, died 2nd September 1942, aged 28. Son of Alfred Mervyn and Julie R. Ryan, of Taihape, Wellington, New Zealand.

1383234 Sergeant Stanley Archibald Wills, Air Gunner in 218 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, died 2nd September 1942, aged 21. Son of Arthur W. Wills, and of Sarah Ann Wills, of Hornchurch, Essex.

 

 

 

 

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