Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany

Cemetery Details

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

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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Names

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SHEARER, William Bruce

Service number 404994
Flying Officer
3 Embarkation Depot (Sandgate)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 2 May 1922

BAILEY, Lloyd Wilson

Service number 404614
Pilot Officer
Born 27 Feb 1920

DARKEN, Raymond De Champfleur

Service number 411096
Flight Sergeant
No. 207 Squadron (RAF)
Royal Air Force
Born 11 Jan 1917

DOUGLAS, John Keith

Service number 403564
Wing Commander
Born 17 Jun 1921

KEHOE, Desmond Noel

Service number 415429
Flying Officer
No. 462 Squadron (RAAF)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 26 Dec 1922

HOBAN, Walter John

Service number 403812
Sergeant
Born 24 Sep 1915

CLARK, James

Service number 402439
Squadron Leader
No. 460 Squadron (RAAF)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 28 Aug 1915

MCKINNON, Allan Francis

Service number 407531
Flight Lieutenant
No. 460 Squadron (RAAF)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 6 Dec 1918

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