hotton war cemetery



The British Expeditionary Force was involved in the later stages of the defence of Belgium following the German invasion in May 1940, and suffered many casualties in covering the withdrawal to Dunkirk. Commonwealth forces did not return until September 1944, but in the intervening years, many airmen were shot down or crashed in raids on strategic objectives in Belgium, or while returning from missions over Germany. The village of Hotton was the western limit of the great German counter offensive in the Ardennes in January 1945. A great many of the burials in Hotton War Cemetery date from that time, although there are also some from May 1940. The cemetery contains 666 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 21 of them unidentified.
  1. PARAS Beach, Lawrence Frederick

    SURNAME Beach FORENAME Lawrence Frederick UNIT 13 Bn RANK Private NUMBER 14636189 DATE OF DEATH 5th January 1945 AGE 18 GRAVESITE Hotton War Cemetery,Belgium XII.B.12 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION born Hull,Yorkshire son of Arthur and Edith Mary Beach,Hull,Yorkshire KIA Belgium
  2. PARAS Lagergren, Alfred

    SURNAME Lagergren FORENAME Alfred UNIT 13 Bn RANK Lieutenant NUMBER 273624 DATE OF DEATH 3rd January 1945 AGE 31 GRAVESITE Hotton War Cemetery,Belgium VI.D.8 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION born Fife son of Alfred and Mary Lagergren,Methil,Fife husband of Catherine...
  3. PARAS Fletcher, William Robert

    SURNAME Fletcher FORENAME William Robert UNIT 12 Bn RANK Corporal NUMBER 4540127 DATE OF DEATH 6th January 1945 AGE 25 GRAVESITE Hotton War Cemetery, Belgium VII.D.1 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION born Liverpool son of William and Mary Fletcher husband of Joan T. (nee Booth)...