About a mile south of Ledegem another small cemetery provides a last resting place for some of the final casualties of a long war.
Unlike those we visited at Ledeghem Military Cemetery, the 147 casualties buried in Kezelberg Military Cemetery died towards the very end of October or during the final few days of the war in November 1918, by which time the front lines had moved many miles to the east. These men would all have been wounded on the battlefield or hit by shellfire and evacuated to the Casualty Clearing Station that once stood near here, where they sadly died. Seven men who are buried here died on 11th November, three the following day.
Now it occurs to me that if I start annotating all the photos of headstones in this little cemetery as I usually do, I’ll end up with pages and pages of tables interspersed with the occasional photograph, so no headstone annotations on this occasion. Besides, you can, as always, check the names with the CWGC Casualty Details list if you want to. The Cemetery Plan can be viewed here:
The cemetery is divided into two plots, Plot I, above and below, consisting of four rows (Row A nearest camera).
The final burials are in Plot II, Row B; these are the men who died on 11th & 12th November (see also photo below). Plot I in the background.
Plot II Row A (foreground) and B behind (note the German headstones to the left).
There are fourteen German burials in the cemetery, the headstones each inscribed with two names.
Plot II Row A, with the German graves behind.
To the right of the German burials you probably noticed a single CWGC headstone…
…one of about 2000 men of the Chinese Labour Corps who were killed or died on the battlefields of France and Belgium.
Cross of Sacrifice.
So goodbye to Kezelberg Military Cemetery. I wonder whether you’ll ever find yourself with a housing estate wrapped around you.
Addendum: The grave of Private Fred Camps of the East Yorkshire Regiment (see comment below).
The final part of our journey can be found here.