Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany Back to Search

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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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DEARNALEY, Edgar Vincent

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

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FREEMAN, Keith Herbert

Service number 417472
Flying Officer
Born 18 Jan 1924

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CHATTO, Harry Stewart

Service number 421569
Flying Officer
No. 180 Squadron (RAF)
Royal Air Force
Born 12 Mar 1920

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PARSONS, Albert William Milne

Service number Q127066
Pilot Officer
Born 17 Oct 1921

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KENNEDY, Roy Campbell

Service number 409840
Flight Lieutenant
Born 4 Nov 1922

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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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HORNE, Urquhart Douglas Haig

Service number 400470
Flying Officer
No. 460 Squadron (RAAF)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 10 Mar 1917

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ELLENS, Herbert Vincent

Service number 424397
Flying Officer
No. 463 Squadron (RAAF)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 27 Sep 1923

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