Grave of William Redmond

The lonely grave of Major William Redmond is one of the most remarkable spots in Heuvelland. It stands in splendid isolation just metres from the neighbouring British military cemetery, set amidst the fields opposite Huize Godtschalck (once a hospice, now an orphanage) in Loker. The Celtic cross marks the last resting place of the Irishman, William Redmond (see the character sketches
below). It was the express desire of his widow that he should not be buried in the British cemetery, much against wishes of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
After the death of Mrs Redmond in 1967 and with the permission of the surviving members of the family, the Commission again tried to have the grave moved, but this met with fierce resistance from local people in Loker, led by the village priest, Father Debevere. And so Major Redmond continues to lie in his lonely grave.
Redmond was an Irish nationalist, sitting as an MP in the British Parliament at Westminster. His aim was to secure Irish independence from the United Kingdom by democratic means. His grave is a symbol of his struggle to achieve this goal. The site is not accessible for wheelchair users.


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