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Haverskerque British Cemetery


Haverskerque is a village and commune in the north of France on the main D916 road between St Venant and Morbecque, two large villages south of Hazebrouck. From the centre of the village of Haverskerque (on the main road) take the D122 road to Merville. After 1.5 kilometres you enter the hamlet of Le Corbie. Continue for a further 500 metres then turn left onto Rue du Colonel Harrison. The cemetery is at the end of this track on the left hand side.

Colonel Harrison is buried in the cemetery.

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Haverskerque British Cemetery

Historical Information

Haverskerque remained in British hands from October 1914, to the end of the War, but from April to August 1918, it was within 5 kilometres of the front line.

The Cemetery was begun in March 1918, by the 33rd and 54th Casualty Clearing Stations, and carried on by fighting units during the Battles of the Lys.

After the Armistice a small number of graves were brought in from isolated positions, and two Portuguese graves were removed.

There are now nearly 100, 1914-18 and 50, 1939-45 war casualties commemorated in this site. Thirteen graves from the 1914-18 War cannot be located, and are represented by special memorials and by five unnamed headstones. From the 1939-45 War, over 20 are unidentified.

The Cemetery covers an area of 403 square metres and is enclosed by a stone rubble wall.

Haverskerque British Cemetery
Lt Colonel Herbert Harrison

Lt Colonel Herbert Harrison MC 12194
1st Bn Royal Welch Fusiliers
Died on 27th May 1940 aged 43
Son of Brigadier-General Robert Harrison, CMG
and Alice Harrison of King’s Worthy, Hampshire
Husband of Jeannette Marion Harrison, of Denbigh.

A very parfit
Gentil knight

Chaucer’s Knight’s Tale

Grave: EE1

Pilot Officer Robert Tones

Pilot Officer Robert Tones 39287
Royal NZ Air Force
100 (RAF) Squadron
Died on 31st July 1944 aged 30
Son of William and Mary Tones,
of Blaydon, Co. Durham, England
Husband of Maisie Tones,
of Wellington City, New Zealand

To My Father
Thank you for life !
From your daughter Marilyn,
Three grandchildren, six great-grandchildren,
(and from those yet to be born)

To Robbie
Thank you for a wonderful wife
I wish I had known you, Ken
July 13th 2002

Grave: B 20

Private Frank Leared

Private Frank Leared 1443
1st King Edward’s Horse
Died on 9th April 1918 aged 43
Son of Mr R and Mrs S Leared,
of Glenville, Wexford

Grave: B 5

Other cemeteries in the area