Leopoldsburg War Cemetery  

History Information (Source: CWGC)

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.


There are about 35 original burials in Leopoldsburg War Cemetery associated with isolated engagements in or near the town in May 1940. Of the remainder, some are burials from a military hospital which was established at Leopoldsburg during the latter part of 1944 and others were brought into the cemetery from the surrounding district.


There are now 783 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War in the cemetery, 16 of them unidentified, 27 Polish and 4 Dutch war graves.


Leopoldsburg War Cemetery
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Major William John Robert "Billy" Cavendish

Marquess of Hartington (10 December 1917 – 9 September 1944) was an English politician and soldier. He was the elder son of Edward Cavendish, 10th Duke of Devonshire, and his wife, Lady Mary Gascoyne-Cecil.

He was the husband of Kathleen Kennedy, sister of the future U.S. President John F. Kennedy.

On 9 September 1944, Hartington was killed in action by a sniper in Belgium while serving during World War II as a major in the Coldstream Guards. He was killed one month after his brother-in-law, Joseph Kennedy Jr., was also killed in action.