Heestert Military Cemetery

History Information (Source: CWGC)

The village of Heestert was taken by Commonwealth forces towards the end of October 1918. In about February 1919, the Burgomaster issued instructions for the creation of the military cemetery, which was made when the farmers of the Commune cleared their farms of Commonwealth and German battlefield graves from the October and November fighting. Later, three further graves were brought in from MOEN CHURCHYARD.

 

There are now 127 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in the cemetery. 26 of the burials are unidentifed, but there are special memorials to eight men believed to be buried among them. The cemetery also contains 57 German war graves, 39 being unidentified.

 

Served with

·         United Kingdom (101)

·         German (18)

Served in

·         Army (119)

Heestert MC
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Private BUTTERWORTH, GEORGE EDWARD

Service Number 93300

 

Died 25/10/1918 - Aged 19

 

20th Bn. Durham Light Infantry

 

Son of the late Thomas and Mary Butterworth, of Sheffield.

 

INSCRIPTION

"HE SERVES HIS COUNTRY BEST

WHO JOINS THE TIDE THAT LIFTS HER NOBLY ON"

 

 

Photo courtesy of Tony Butterworth

(Pte Butterworth was his great uncle)