Cannock Chase German war cemetery

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Cannock Chase German war cemetery
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
for the German War Graves Commission
(Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge)
German WWI War Cemetery, Cannock Chase, England.jpg
Used for those deceased 1914-18 and 1939-45
Established 1956 (consecration cemetery)
Location Coordinates: 52°44′23″N 2°01′21″W / 52.7398°N 2.0224°W / 52.7398; -2.0224
near Cannock, Staffordshire, England
Designed by Diez Brandi, Gottingen, Germany
Harold Doffman & Peter Leach, Stafford, England
Total burials 4,929
Unknown burials 5 (World War I);
90 (World War II)
Burials by nation
Burials by war
  • 2,143 (World War I)
  • 2,786 (World War II)
Statistics source: See references

The Cannock Chase German war cemetery (grid reference SJ984157) is on Cannock Chase, Staffordshire, England.

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.

Carved plinth at cemetery entrance, 2009

The German War Graves Commission (Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge) 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.

According to the Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge,[1] just over 1000 German World War II casualties are still buried elsewhere, including 111 at Saint Peter Port (Foulon), Guernsey,[2] and others at Brookwood Cemetery, Surrey.[3] 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.

Notable people include:


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