Memorial Register, Belgium 24, WW1, Coxyde Military Cemetery, Belgium

COXYDE MILITARY CEMETERY BELGIUM CEMETERY INDEX NUMB E RB. 24. COX Y D E is a village and communc in the Province o f West Flanders a mile and a half from the coast and like others in that neighbourhood, the communc includes a seaside village— Coxyde-Bains. The Military Cemetery is a mile West of Coxyde village on the road to La Panne. Light railways run to Coxyde from Furnes station on the mainline Dunkerque-Dixmude and from Ostende. In June 1917 the British Fourth Army overtook four miles o f front from the sea to a point South o f Nieuport and they held this sector for six months. Coxyde was about six miles behind the front line and the Cemetery had already been begun by the French troops who were relieved. The village was used forrest billets and was occasionally shelled but the Cemetery was found to be reasonably safe and it became the most important of the British graveyards on the Belgian coast. It was used at night for the burial of the dead from the front line. The French troops who overtook in December 1917 continued to use it, and during 1918 British Naval personnel based on Dunkerque were buried in it. After the Armistice the remains of 44 British soldiers were re-buried in the Cemetery. ofTen them had been buried in isolated graves. Nineteen came from Furnes Road British Cemetery Coxyde a cemetery made in July 1917, by the 2nd Manchesters and the 49th (West Riding) Division on the East side of the road to Furnes. Twenty-five (of whom 22 belonged to the 49th Division) came from Oosthoek Military Cemetery Adinkerke two miles South-West of Coxyde. Coxyde Military Cemetery covers an area of 9288 square yards. It contains the graves of 1452 soldiers sailors marines airmen and merchant seamen from the United Kingdom 19 soldiers from New Zealand 18 from Australia 14 from Canada 2 from South Africa and 1 from the Britsh West Indies and 10 German prisoners. 129 French soldiers were buried in Plots I and IV. The 16th Highland Light Infantry erected in the Cemetery a memorial to 1 officer and 28 men who fell at Lombartzyde on the nth July 1917 during the German attack on Nieuport and of whom 15 are buried in Plot I B.Row The Cemetery lies among sand hills. It is surrounded by a hedge and the dunes on the West have been planted to protect it from drifting sand. The Register records particulars of 1506 British and Dominion burials.
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