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Cemetery Details

Location Grunewaldestrasse,
Co‑ordinates N51.740626, E6.082279

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery was created after the Second World War when burials were brought in from all over western Germany and is the largest Commonwealth cemetery in the country.

Some of those members of the land forces buried there died in the advance through Reichswald Forest in February 1945. Others died crossing the Rhine, among them members of the airborne forces whose bodies were brought from Hamminkeln, where landings were made by the 6th Airborne Division from bases in England.

Some of the airmen buried in the cemetery lost their lives in supporting the advance into Germany, but most died earlier in the war in the intensive air attacks over Germany. Their graves were brought in from cemeteries and isolated sites in the surrounding area.

There are now 7,594 Commonwealth servicemen of the Second World War buried or commemorated in the cemetery. 176 of the burials are unidentified. There are also 78 war graves of other nationalities, most of them Polish.



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CALLAGHAN, William Desmond

Service number 433892
Flight Sergeant
No. 170 Squadron (RAAF)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 20 May 1925

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SQUIRES, Maxwell Hope

Service number 421518
Flight Sergeant
No. 460 Squadron (RAAF)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 2 Oct 1923

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ABERLE, Douglas Buchanan

Service number 427631
Flight Sergeant
No. 460 Squadron (RAAF)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 5 Aug 1923

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CAHILL, Clyde McCartney

Service number 428103
Flight Sergeant
No. 467 Squadron (RAAF)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 28 Sep 1913

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CARRALL, Nigel Bruce

Service number 432117
Flying Officer
No. 158 Squadron (RAF)
Royal Air Force (WW2)
Born 9 Nov 1921

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SPAFFORD, Frederick Michael

Service number 407380
Flying Officer
No. 617 Squadron (RAF)
Royal Air Force (WW2)
Born 16 Jun 1918

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FRANCIS, Alan Henry

Service number 429655
Flying Officer
No. 460 Squadron (RAAF)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 2 Nov 1911

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FREEMAN, Keith Herbert

Service number 417472
Flying Officer
Born 18 Jan 1924

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