Wilsele Churchyard

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.


Wilsele Churchyard contains a group of 45 burials of the Second World War, three of them unidentified. The Commission plot is situated behind the church at the bottom end of the cemetery against the boundary wall.


Served with

  • United Kingdom (41)
  • Canadian (1)

Served in

  • Army (28)
  • Air Force (14)


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