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I was shown a CWGC publication tonight that listed cemeteries in part of Scotland, published around 1930 I think.

It has Duror Cemetery in Argyll and says one British war grave and 26 German soldiers in a special plot and two in Section C (from my rough notes).

I have photographed the war graves there for the War Grave Photographic Project so I was a little puzzled.

I checked the CWGC website and only the one British soldier listed.

I can only think the German soldiers came from one of the POW camps.

Anyone able to get any more information?

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They were all moved to Cannock Chase after WW2.

From the CWGC website about Cannock Chase: "On 16 October 1959, an agreement was concluded by the governments of the United Kingdom and the Federal Republic of Germany concerning the future care of the graves of German nationals who lost their lives in the United Kingdom during the two World Wars. The agreement provided for the transfer to a central cemetery in the United Kingdom of all graves which were not situated in cemeteries and plots of Commonwealth war graves maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in situ.

Following this agreement, the German War Graves Commission (Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgraberfursorge) made arrangements to transfer the graves of German servicemen and civilian internees of both wars from scattered burial grounds to the new cemetery established at Cannock Chase.

The inauguration and dedication of this cemetery, which contains almost 5,000 German and Austrian graves, took place in the presence of Dr. Trepte, the President of Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgraberfursorge, on the 10th June 1967."

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Thanks, I understood that they were all moved to Cannock but interested in where they came from and how they died. The POW camps at Caolasnacon and Kinlochleven are most likely and the flu epidemic at the end of the war perhaps the reason. I knew two died at Kinlochleven but not seen anything about deaths at Caolasnacon.

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