97 named (and 3 unnamed) in Kasterlee

by Kelvin Smith

In some traditions graveyards contain images of the dead.  Statues are erected in memorial to the rich and to the celebrated. A war grave is often just a name, rank and regiment, sometimes with a short epitaph.  Other ranks are further designated by their number.

Such is the case with the graves in Kasterlee: Scottish soldiers (mostly from The Royal Scots, The King’s Own Scottish Borderers and The Royal Scots Fusiliers including three Canadians) who died between 14th to 20th September 1944 in fierce fighting associated with the crossing of the Meuse-Escaut Canal.  There are three graves of unidentified remains.  Somewhere there may be pictures of these men, but not here.

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[http://www.cwgc.org/find-a-cemetery/cemetery/2085402/Kasterlee%20War%20Cemetery]