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Westvleteren, Sint-Maartenstraat

 

 

 

 

Along the axis Ieper-Veurne, Westvleteren is the first of four major Belgian military cemeteries. In the order from Ieper to Veurne they are: Westvleteren, Hoogstade, Oeren, and Steenkerke. From the intersection Ringway / Veurnseweg in Ieper to the military cemetery in Westvleteren is 8 miles.

 

On a relatively small area, only 1 3/4 acres, the remains of 1,206 Belgian soldiers were buried. Here also rest 32 heroes only known to God.

 

Adjutant Charles Dresse with the 9th infantry regiment of Liège is buried in grave 674. He died on September 28, 1918 in Vlijtingenen (nowadays Poelkapelle).

 

 

 

            

He was just 21 years and 8 months old. Charles Dresse also has a monument standing on the spot where he died in the Poperingestraat in Vlijtingen. After the war his parents bought the acre of land on which he died and had architect E. Deshayes from Liège design a real monument to their son.

That monument is now part of the inventory of our Architectural Heritage.

 

 

 

 

Another remarkable fact in Westvleteren is the double tomb of the brothers Henry and Omer Cornille from Wijtschate.

Tomb 297 in Westvleteren has a double name plate.

 

This suggests that the brothers were buried together here under this tombstone. There is no certainty to that fact, because Omer Cornille died in Rennes (France) on August 30, 1916 and was buried in the cemetery of Rennes Est. There is no mention of a repatriation of Omer and he still has his grave in that cemetery.

 

 

 

      

 

 

 

 

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