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The Dunkirk Memorial to the Missing


Dunkirk Town Cemetery is at the south-eastern corner of the town of Dunkerque, immediately south of the canal and on the Route de Furnes, D601 (Veurne in Belgium — the Flemish spelling).

The town cemetery is indicated with car parking signs. Park here and follow the pedestrian signs out of the car park and at the main road follow right along the front of the cemetery for about a hundred metres.

On entering the cemetery through the columns of the Dunkirk Memorial, two Commonwealth war graves sections will be seen: Plots IV and V from the First World War and Plots I and II from the Second World War.

There is also a further First World War section (Plots I, II and III) in the main part of the cemetery to the right of the main entrance.

Note that the civilian cemetery is locked after 1800 hours. Should you be seeking a grave in that sector arrive in time. The Memorial and its plots are open all day.

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The Dunkirk Memorial

Historical Information

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Royal Irish Fusiliers

The Dunkirk Memorial

The interior of the memorial

The Memorial stands at the entrance to the Commonwealth War Graves section of Dunkirk Town Cemetery. It commemorates more than 4,500 casualties of the British Expeditionary Force who died in the campaign of 1939-40 and who have no known grave.

The memorial was designed by Philip Hepworth and unveiled by Queen Elizabeth II on 29 June 1957.

The engraved glass panel depicting the evacuation was by John Hutton.