Westkapelle Civilian War CemeteryBack Zuidstraat 1, 4361 AA Westkapelle
Civilian war cemetery with memorial to commemorate over 180 civilians who died in the preliminary operations for Operation Infatuate II. Behind the lighthouse a simple cross stands at the centre of a semicircle of graves. A memorial stone in the middle of the plot remembers 16 missing persons.
- Year of construction
- Architect / Design
- Willem Roelse
The small cemetery remembers the inhabitants of Westkapelle killed during the Allied bombing and the battle that followed.
Over 180 civilians perished, forty-seven of them trapped by rising floodwater in the ruins of Molen De Roos (Rose Mill). Mr and Mrs Theune, the elderly couple who owned the mill are buried near the foot of the cross. Entire families were lost in the tragedy and forty-three children who died in the flooding are buried alongside their parents. A memorial stone remembers sixteen men, women and children whose bodies were never found.
A simple cross stands at the centre of a semicircle of graves behind the lighthouse. On each grave a memorial stone with one or more name (s) including age is placed.
On the back of the pedestal of the cross the following text is displayed (in Dutch):
Wij zijn verlost,
maar ‘t heeft uw dood gekost.
Translated into English:
We are redeemed,
But it did cost your life.