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Just been there today, 2 questions, why are some of the headstones flat on the ground.

Also notice in the mixed British and German cemetery there is a German burial for 1914, how come so early?

Tony

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Kitchener's Bugle

Hi Kirky, this Cemetery only officially opened in 1967.  Bodies were removed from existing locations throughout the UK to this location. 

 

Without having further details, I would suspect that he was a POW.

 

Quite a few German POW's (286) died from Brockton Camp which is not far away. Although this opened after 1914. There is a recent book on the camp if you are interested called "Prisoners on Cannock Chase: Great War PoWs and Brockton Camp".

 

There is no standardized design for German Headstones. There are many variants. Often multiple variants can be seen in the same location.

 

 

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On 03/11/2020 at 23:19, KIRKY said:

Also notice in the mixed British and German cemetery there is a German burial for 1914, how come so early

He was taken PoW at Neuve Chapelle on 25 October and died at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

 

Charlie

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Hi

 

From memory the flat graves are Block 9 and are the aircraft crews buried together being indistinguishable. The other upright graves are singular.

 

As Charlie2 says,  Hermann Gustav Guster served  in 9th Kompanie, 16th Infanterie Regiment.

     He was taken prisoner of war and succumbed in Shrewsbury Military Hospital, London Road, Shrewsbury, Shropshire on Wednesday 18 November 1914.

     Guster was originally buried in Shrewsbury Cemetery, Shrewsbury, Shropshire in Grave 83.2.H.

 

He is buried in Section 4 in Cannock Chase War Cemetery (not German War Cemetery).

 

Regards,

 

Graeme

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For those who have not made it over to the Continent I would strongly advice that they visit the British and German Cemeteries here - they are exactly what you will see over the channel. 

 

@KIRKY

 

Did you manage to seek out some of the more famous burials like Ernst Busch (field marshal)

 

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6 hours ago, Kitchener's Bugle said:

this Cemetery only officially opened in 1967. 

 

I was looking for a local family grave about ten years ago, and my dad told me to look for the Luftwaffe graves.  Turns out that his information was half a century out of date, the silly old codger.

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1 minute ago, IPT said:

 

I was looking for a local family grave about ten years ago, and my dad told me to look for the Luftwaffe graves.  Turns out that his information was half a century out of date, the silly old codger.

 

:D

 

There are some interesting Luftwaffe ones in there though...that span both Wars, like Major Karl Waldemar Ritscherle who was killed during the Battle Of Britain, but he also served in the Great War as an aerial gunnery specialist and was an "Ace".

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Hi guys thanks for all of your input, answers a lot of questions, it is well worth visiting both cemeteries a great place to reflect,

Tony

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Looking at CWGC, the earliest German casualties are;

 

WILHELM KUELPMANN    Heizer       S.M.S. Mainz      Died 28 August 1914        from Isle of Sheppey General Cemetery
ROBERT KAUTZKE             Heizer       S.M.S. Mainz       Died 28 August 1914       from Isle of Sheppey General Cemetery
RUDOLF MAYRHOFER   Bootsmannsmaat  S.M.S. Mainz  Died 29 August 1914           
ROBERT ADLER               Obermaat  "Koenigin Luise"   Died 03 September 1914     from Deepcut Military Cemetery
FRITZ ADOLF STRUCK  Maschinistenanwarter  S.M.S. Mainz     Died 18 September 1914     from Chatham (Fort Pitt) Cemetery
MAX MUELLER             Jaeger   3./Jaeg.Btl.3           Died 27 September 1914   from Portsmouth (Highland Road) Cemetery   
ARTHUR OTTE    Soldat   12./R.I.R.84                       Died 11 October 1914       from Chatham (Fort Pitt) Cemetery
OTTO FRIEDRICH FRICKE   Soldat   11./I.R.53          Died 11 October 1914       from Manchester (Southern) Cemetery

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18 hours ago, IPT said:

Looking at CWGC, the earliest German casualties are;

 

WILHELM KUELPMANN    Heizer       S.M.S. Mainz      Died 28 August 1914        from Isle of Sheppey General Cemetery
ROBERT KAUTZKE             Heizer       S.M.S. Mainz       Died 28 August 1914       from Isle of Sheppey General Cemetery
RUDOLF MAYRHOFER   Bootsmannsmaat  S.M.S. Mainz  Died 29 August 1914           
ROBERT ADLER               Obermaat  "Koenigin Luise"   Died 03 September 1914     from Deepcut Military Cemetery
FRITZ ADOLF STRUCK  Maschinistenanwarter  S.M.S. Mainz     Died 18 September 1914     from Chatham (Fort Pitt) Cemetery
MAX MUELLER             Jaeger   3./Jaeg.Btl.3           Died 27 September 1914   from Portsmouth (Highland Road) Cemetery   
ARTHUR OTTE    Soldat   12./R.I.R.84                       Died 11 October 1914       from Chatham (Fort Pitt) Cemetery
OTTO FRIEDRICH FRICKE   Soldat   11./I.R.53          Died 11 October 1914       from Manchester (Southern) Cemetery

Thanks makes sense now,

Tony

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