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About 800 Belgian cemeteries contain military graves of WW1 (1914-18) and/or WW2 (1939-45). The soldiers of some 20 different countries are generally buried in military cemetaries,  although some rest in civil cemeteries or in churchyards.

This website contains pictures of each cemetery. You can SEARCH through the list of cemeteries (see left part of the screen) using one of the following criteria:

- the name or location of the cemetery
- the
nationality of the soldiers buried in each cemetery
- the
size of the cemetary (in terms of the number of casualties)

Commonwealth forces (UK, Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, South Africa): Most British and Commonwealth military graves and cemeteries stem from WW1 and are located near the town of Ieper (Ypres), an area where fierce fighting took place. 

French soldiers: most French military cemeteries are located in Wallonia (the southern part of Belgium), where German troops crossed the border and invaded Belgium in August 1914 on their way to France. which triggered the start of the First World War (), when . The two largest French cemeteries are however located in Flanders (the northern part of Belgium), near the town of Ieper: the French ossuary on Mount Kemmel (5,400 burials, mostly unidentified) and Saint-Charles de Potijze (3,500 war graves, mostly identified).

German casualties: About 134,000 German soldiers from WW1 are officially buried in Belgium, with a further 90,000 missing. Over time, the smaller German war cemeteries have been grouped and most German graves are now concentrated in a few large German WW1 military cemetaries: Menen (almost 48,000 burials), Langemark (more than 44,000), Vladslo (25,600) and Hooglede (8,000). Most WW2 military graves are located in Lommel (39,000 casualties) and Recogne (close to 7,000 burials).

American soldiers: About 15,000 soldiers have been buried in Belgium, most of whom died in the course of the Ardennes offensive (1944-45). All WW2 casualties are buried in Henri-Chapelle and Neuville-en-Condroz. The 441 WW1 casualties are buried in Waregem.

Other nationalities: in total, soldiers from 20 different countries are buried in Belgium.

 

Number of

cemeteries

in Belgium

Number of

WW1 casualties

buried in Belgium

Number of

WW2 casualties

buried in Belgium

 

 

 

 

Belgium

206

19,881

2,516

Czech Republic

4

-

51

France

103

32,526

1,242

Germany

101

135,610
(+ 90,000 missing)

45,392

Greece

1

-

3

Italy

6

516

-

Netherlands

8

-

20

Norway

2

-

7

Poland

14

-

440

Portuga

1

7

-

Romania

3

10

-

Russia

26

437

142

United States

8

393

13,344

Yugoslavia

1

2

-

United Kingdom (CW)

584

161,782

8,661

Australia (CW)

156

12,718

205

Canada (CW)

213

14,018

1,752

India (CW)

28

481

-

New Zealand (CW)

113

4,613

78

South Africa (CW)

62

851

4