Oudenaarde Communal 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.


Oudenaarde Communal Cemetery contains 18 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, one of which is unidentified. There are also seven First World War burials in the cemetery, mostly of men who died as prisoners of war. The graves are located in the Belgian Military plot which is just inside the main gate.


Served with

  • United Kingdom (18)
  • Canadian (5)
  • Australian (1)

Served in

  • Army (14)
  • Air Force (10)


There is also a monument for German Soldiers of the First World War.