Abeele Aerodrome Military Cemetery
Practical info
Abeele Aerodrome Military Cemetery is located 16 Km west of Ieper town centre on the N38, a road leading from the N308 connecting Ieper to Poperinge. From Ieper town centre the Poperingseweg (N308) is reached via Elverdingsestraat then directly over two small roundabouts in the J. Capronstraat. The Poperingseweg is a continuation of the J. Capronstraat and begins after a prominent railway level crossing. On reaching Poperinge the N308 joins the left hand turning onto the R33, Poperinge ring road. The R33 ring road continues to the left hand junction with the N38 Frans Vlaanderenweg. 4 Km along the N38 lies the right hand turning onto the Casselstraat, followed by an immediate left hand turning onto the Dodemanstraat. The cemetery is located 450 metres along the Dodemanstraat on the right hand side of the road. Visitors to this site should note a 150 metre grassed access path which is not suitable for vehicles.
Abele, Poperinge
Ground - aerial
GPS-Reference R5859 - Abeele Aerodrome Military Cemetery
DMSX N 50°48'55.5'' - E002°39'25.9''
DMX N 50°48.926' - E002°39.432'
D N 50.815428° - E002.657203°
UTM 31U E 475850 N 5629356
GOOGLE EARTH 50 48.926 N, 002 39.432 E
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In April and May, 1918, the French troops taking part in the Battles of the Lys buried 99 French and four British officers and men in Plot I, on the South-East side of the cemetery; but these graves were removed after the Armistice. Plot II was made by British units in July and August, 1918. In Plot III were buried 84 American soldiers who fell between the end of July and the beginning of September, 1918, but these graves too were removed after the Armistice. The graves now in Plot I are those of the four British soldiers who were buried among the French and those of 25 British soldiers who were originally buried in April-August, 1918 in a French Extension of Boeschepe Churchyard (about 3 kilometres South-East of Abeele, in the French Department of the Nord). There are now over 100, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. The Cemetery covers an area of 864 square metres and is enclosed by a stone wall.

Burials (Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
  • United Kingdom: 104