Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany Back to Search

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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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RUSS, Sidney Michael

Service number 414506
Flying Officer
No. 460 Squadron (RAAF)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 29 Mar 1911

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DANGERFIELD, John Charles

Service number 407965
Sergeant
No. 207 Squadron (RAF)
Royal Air Force (WW2)
Born 28 Mar 1914

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DEARNALEY, Edgar Vincent

Service number 414341
Pilot Officer
No. 467 Squadron (RAAF)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 29 Oct 1921

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MCKINNON, Allan Francis

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

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FORBES, William Alexander

Service number 414219
Wing Commander
No. 463 Squadron (RAAF)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 28 Dec 1919

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WHALE, William John Latchford

Service number 405511
Warrant Officer
No. 460 Squadron (RAAF)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 7 Jul 1912

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MANSELL, Vincent William James

Service number 407719
Flying Officer
No. 149 Squadron (RAF)
Royal Air Force (WW2)
Born 6 Nov 1916

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BARLOW, Robert Norman George

Service number 401899
Flight Lieutenant
No. 617 Squadron (RAF)
Royal Air Force (WW2)
Born 22 Apr 1911

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