Abeele Aerodrome Military Cemetery

Abeele Aerodrome Military Cemetery
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Abeele Aerodrome Military Cemetery

 

Location Information

Abeele Aerodrome Military Cemetery is located 16 Km west of Ypres town center on the N38, a road leading from the N308 connecting Ypres to Poperinge. From Ypres town center the Poperingseweg (N308) is reached via Elverdingestraat then directly over two small roundabouts in the Capronstraat. The Poperingseweg is a continuation of the Capronstraat and begins after a prominent railway level crossing. On reaching Poperinge the N308 joins the left hand turning onto the R33, Poperinge ring road. The R33 ring road continues to the left hand junction with the N38 Frans Vlaanderenweg. 4 Km along the N38 lies the right hand turning onto the Casselstraat, followed by an immediate left hand turning onto the Dodemanstraat. The cemetery is located 450 metres along the Dodemanstraat on the right hand side of the road. Visitors to this site should note a 150 meter grassed access path which is not suitable for vehicles.

Abeele Aerodrome Military Cemetery is a Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) burial ground for the dead of the First World War located in the Ypres Salient on the Western Front.

The cemetery grounds were assigned to the United Kingdom in perpetuity by King Albert I of Belgium in recognition of the sacrifices made by the British Empire in the defence and liberation of Belgium during the war.

The cemetery, at Abeele in Belgium but metres from the border with France, was founded by French troops in April 1918, receiving Commonwealth and Americanburials between July and September 1918.

After the Armistice, the French and American graves were concentrated at other cemeteries, leaving just Commonwealth burials. These were increased by concentrating 25 graves from the nearby Boeschepe churchyard in France.

The cemetery is named for the wartime aerodrome established in nearby fields although the cemetery itself contains no Royal Air Force graves.

There are now 104 Commonwealth burials of the First World War in this cemetery.

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