Harlingen is a town on the seaboard of the Waddenzee, 38 kilometres west of Leeuwarden and 28 kilometres north-west of Sneek. The cemetery is on the northern outskirts of the town in Begraafplaatslaan, a turning off of Midlumerlaan. The Commonwealth war graves plot is to the left of the main path in the south-western part of the cemetery.
Harlingen General Cemetery contains a plot of 67 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, the majority of them airmen. 22 of the burials are unidentified. Also in the plot are four unidentified war graves of other nationalities.