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Harlebeke New British Cemetery


Harlebeke New British Cemetery is located 32 kilometres east of Ieper town to the north of Kortrijk.

Take the A19 autoroute to Kortrijk. On arrival at the R8 Ringlaan (Ring Road) follow Kortrijk Oost/Noord. Rather weirdly, to do this you have to go down and turn around at traffic lights. Continue around the R8 until you cross the River Leie (The Lys in Belgium) and reach Junction 5. Turn left onto the N43 towards Harelbeke. After about four kilometres you will see Deerlijksestraat on your right.

The cemetery is located 250 metres along the Deerlijksestraat on the left hand side.

The Royal Newfoundland Regiment Courtrai Memorial is located at Junction 5.

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Harlebeke New British Cemetery


Historical Information

Harlebeke village was taken on the night of 19th-20th October 1918 by the 9th (Scottish) Division. Harlebeke New British Cemetery was made after the Armistice when graves were brought in from the surrounding battlefields of 1918 and, in 1924-25, from German cemeteries or plots in Belgium.

Note that the modern Flemish version of the town is Harelbeke.

The earlier concentrations are in Plots I and X, and the later in Plots I, II and XI to XIX. In the latter group are many graves of October 1914.

Harlebeke New British Cemetery

In May 1940, The British Expeditionary Force was involved in the later stages of the defence of Belgium following the German invasion, and suffered many casualties in covering the withdrawal to Dunkirk.

Commonwealth forces did not return until September 1944. The cemetery now contains 1,116 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War. 181 of the burials are unidentified and a special memorial is erected to one casualty who is believed to be buried among them. Other special memorials record the names of 19 casualties buried by the Germans in other burial grounds whose graves could not be found on concentration. There are also ten burials of the Second World War in the cemetery.

The cemetery was designed by W H Cowlishaw.

Repairing the stone work

Maintaining the cemeteries is a continual process


Driver Herbert Mountford

Driver Herbert Mountford 210723
D Battery, 153rd Brigade
Royal Field Artillery
Died on 21st October 1918

Grave: VIII B 11


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