Keiem (Keyem during the war) was part of the Belgian advanced line following the retreat from Antwerpen.
Despite desperate attempts to hold the village by Belgian Troops and a French force of Sailors under Amiral Ronarc'h the village fell to the Germans on 19 October 1914.
There are now 590 burials in the cemetery, 365 of the unknown soldiers (onbekend - inconnu).An overview of the Battle of the Yser
Lieutenant Colonel Georges Delcourt
13� Linie Regiment
Born in Bouillon on 8 December 1865
Died on 19 October 1914
Adjudant Aviation Armand Glibert 6� Escadron, 12� Linie
Born in Bruxelles 16 January 1885
Died on 8 April 1917
Soldaat Hieronymus Haesendonckx
1� Grenadiers Regiment
Born in Turnhout on 9 August 1893
Died on 24 October 1914
The 1st Grenadiers were involved in a bloody counter attack nearby at the bridge at Tervate. On 22 October the Germans had managed to get across the river IJzer and the 1st Grenadiers under Major, Comte d'Oultremont led a desperate counter attack. Caught between two lines of enemy troops the Grenadiers were bloodily rebuffed.