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Kain Communal Cemetery
Pictures courtesy of Andre De Smet
The village of Kain is located north of the town of Tournai off the
E42. From the motorway E42 turn off at junction 33 onto the N48 direction
Mourcourt. Follow along the N48 and take the second turning left into
chemin de Lannoy, direction Kain. Follow this road to the T junction and
turn left into rue du Mont St Aubert, then take the first turning right
into rue d'Omerie. Follow along here past the cross roads and into rue de
l'Yser. Turn first right into rue de la Resistance and the cemetery is
along on the left. The graves are located to the right of the main
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.
Kain Communal Cemetery contains five Commonwealth burials of the Second World War.
41990 Pilot Officer
Francis Albert Gabriel Joseph De Labouchere-Sparling
Pilot in 5 Squadron, Royal Air Force
21st May 1940
Son of Francis de Labouchere-Sparling and of Alice de Labouchere-Sparling (nee Pollet).
Other Burial Detail
1426879 Gunner William James Christie, 1 Lt. A.A. Bty, Royal Artillery, died 16th May 1940, aged 20.
T/74076 Driver Percival Frederick Elms, attd. 4 A.A. Bde Royal Artillery, Royal Army Service Corps, died 16th May 1940, aged 25.
1438889 Gunner James Murphy, 1 Lt. Bty., 6 A.A. Regt, Royal Artillery, died 16th May 1940, aged 17. Son of Nicholas and Cathrine Murphy, of Arklow, Co. Wicklow, Irish Republic.
4034584 Private Jack Nock, 1st Bn. King's Shropshire Light Infantry, died 20th May 1940, aged 21.