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Brugge, Kerkhofblommenstraat

 

 

 

 

The municipal cemetery of Brugge is located on the territory of its suburb of Assebroek. To get there from the railway station of Brugge it takes a good walk, just over 1 1/4 mile.

 

The military cemetery is part of the civilian cemetery.

According to the Land Registry Office, the cemetery was developed in 1925. 

 

The soldiers that died in local hospitals from injuries sustained at the final offensive of October 1918 are buried here.

There are a total of 513 Belgian graves, of which 15 unknown soldiers, on an surface of 1.1 acres.

 

 

Two tombstones bear the same name.

An attentive visitor will surely have noticed, because they are only 25 yards apart.

 

Remi Joris from Beverlo

is laid to rest in both graves 487 and in 505.

 

We only counted him once, but the name appears twice in the registry.

 

 

 

Immediately adjacent to the military section of the cemetery are 33 soldiers, buried in the civil section of the cemetery.

 

In addition to them, we have searched in vain for another 10 military victims of war that had been reported to us as being buried also in that section. The “for eternity” grave that the Belgian Nation promised our heroes applies only to those that are buried in military cemeteries.

On municipal cemeteries in Belgium, only the death that are buried in perpetual concessions have the right to that permanence, and the graves must remains well kept at all times.

 

Hillewaert Jerome, a soldier with the 2nd Grenadiers, 20 years old, died on October 1, 1918 in Koolskerke.

 

His tomb (picture) is on the wrong side of the hedge that separates the military from the civil part of the cemetery.

 

One can only hope, but not expect, that the maintenance of the tombstones of young, unmarried, and therefore childless soldiers, will be taken in charge by the later generations of nephews, cousins, etc..., until a hundred years after the death of the hero concerned.

Here, that was obviously not the case.

 

 

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