Cannock Chase German war cemetery
|Cannock Chase German war cemetery|
|Commonwealth War Graves Commission
for the German War Graves Commission
(Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge)
|Used for those deceased 1914-18 and 1939-45|
|Established||1956 (consecration cemetery)|
near Cannock, Staffordshire, England
|Designed by||Diez Brandi, Gottingen, Germany
Harold Doffman & Peter Leach, Stafford, England
|Unknown burials||5 (World War I);
90 (World War II)
|Burials by nation|
|Burials by war|
|Statistics source: See references|
On 16 October 1959 the governments of the United Kingdom and the Federal Republic of Germany made an agreement about the future care of the remains of German military personnel and German civilian internees of both World Wars who at the time were interred in various cemeteries not already maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. It was agreed that the remains would be transferred to a single central cemetery established on Cannock Chase for this purpose.
The German War Graves Commission (Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge or "VDK") made the necessary arrangements and the inauguration and dedication of this cemetery - which is maintained under the inter-government agreement by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission - took place in June 1967. It contains nearly 5,000 German and Austrian graves. There is a small separate section for the crews of the four airships (SL 11, L32, L31, L48) shot down in World War I.
Notable people include:
- Ernst Busch, World War II German Field-Marshal and Pour le Mérite (Blue Max) recipient.
- Hans Hahn (night fighter pilot), World War II German Luftwaffe Leutnant and flying ace.
- Maximilian von Herff, World War II German SS-General.
- Karl Ritscherle, World War I flying ace and World War II German Luftwaffe Major, killed in Battle of Britain.
- Alois Stoeckl, World War II German Luftwaffe Oberst, killed in Battle of Britain.
German war graves elsewhere in UK
According to the Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge, just over 1000 German World War II casualties are still buried elsewhere, including 111 at Saint Peter Port (Foulon), Guernsey, and others at Brookwood Cemetery, Surrey. The remainder are interred in Commonwealth War Graves Commission-administered plots all over the UK, often near where their bodies were found or where they died. For example three Luftwaffe bomber crew, whose Dornier ditched in the sea off Kingsdown, Kent in 1940, were buried in the military section of Hamilton Road Cemetery, Deal, Kent, less than 2 miles from the crash.
In the same locality as this cemetery, the adjacent Commonwealth Cannock Chase War Cemetery contains 286 German war graves, primarily of those who died in a local prisoner-of-war camp and hospital in World War I but also including 58 graves of Germans who had been reinterred here in 1963.
A proposal was made to rebury in this cemetery former Imperial German Navy officer Carl Hans Lody (shot for espionage at the Tower of London in 1914) in the 1960s. The VDK asked if it would be possible to disinter Lody's body from East London Cemetery in Plaistow and move it to Cannock Chase. By that time, the plot had been reused for further common graves, buried above Lody's body. The VDK was told that it would not be possible to disinter the other bodies without the permission of the relatives, which would have been an almost impossible task where common graves were concerned. The proposal was abandoned and Lody's body remains at Plaistow.
- CWGC Cemetery Report, Cannock Chase [Commonwealth] War Cemetery.
- "German Spies in Britain". After The Battle (11): 3. 1978.
- CWGC: Cannock Chase German Cemetery
- Cannock Chase Council web page
- Cannock Chase at Find A Grave
- Cemetery Plan
- Tom Morgan, The German Cemetery at Cannock Chase, Staffordshire
- Cannock Chase German War Cemetery, Staffordshire, England
- German War Cemetery, Cannock Chase
- Cannock Chase German Cemetery (many pictures)