Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

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Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery
Cemetery Groesbeek.jpg
Country: Netherlands
Location: Groesbeek
Coordinates: 51°47′52″N 05°55′51″E / 51.79778, 5.93083
Type: Public
Owned by: Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Website: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

The Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery is a cemetery containing predominantly Canadian soldiers killed during the Battle for the Rhineland in the Second World War. Located with the cemetery is the Groesbeek Memorial which commemorates some of the Canadians with no known grave. The cemetery is named after the nearby village of Groesbeek in the east of the Netherlands and is approximately 10kms south east of the city of Nijmegen.

History

Allied forces entered the Netherlands on 12 September 1944. Airborne operations later that month established a bridgehead at Nijmegen and in the following months, coastal areas and ports were cleared and secured, but it was not until the German initiated offensive in the Ardennes had been repulsed that the drive into Germany could begin. Most of those buried in Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery were Canadians, many of whom died in the Battle of the Rhineland, when the 2nd and 3rd Canadian Infantry Divisions and the 4th Canadian Armoured Division took part in the drive southwards from Nijmegen to clear the territory between the Maas and the Rhine in February and March 1945. Others buried here died earlier or later in the southern part of the Netherlands and in the Rhineland. The cemetery contains 2,610 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, and nine war graves of other nationalities.

Within the cemetery stands the Groesbeek Memorial, which commemorates by name more than 1,000 members of the Commonwealth land forces who died during the campaign in north-west Europe between the time of crossing the Seine at the end of August 1944 and the end of the war in Europe, and whose graves are not known.[1]

Location

The village of Groesbeek is in the east of the Netherlands and approx 10kms south east of the city of Nijmegen. From the A73 motorway NIJMEGEN to VENLO take exit 3 (Afrit 3) MALDEN / GROESBEEK / MOOK / HEUMEN / OVERASSELT. Follow signs for N271 MOOK. Continue through the village of MOLENHOEK and in the village of MOOK turn left at the roundabout (CWGC sign for MOOK WAR CEMETERY) onto the GROESBEEKSEWEG. Continue for approx 4.5kms and then turn left at the roundabout onto the PANNENSTRAAT. Continue through the town where the road name changes to DORPSTRAAT. Turn left onto BURGEMEESTER OTTENHOFFSTRAAT (CWGC Sign). After approx 100m turn right (CWGC sign) onto ZEVENHEUVELENWEG. The cemetery is approx 2kms along this road on the right.

"We Rest Here"

The following members of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals are buried at Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery.

Headstone Service Number Rank and Name Grave Location
Burgess, Charles Henry grave marker.jpg
B17076 Sigmn CH Burgess I.A.7.
Clark, William Domville grave marker.jpg
G16011 Sigmn WD Clark I.B.6.
Couture, Edward Stephen grave marker.jpg
K45568 Cpl ES Couture II.G.1.
Cronan, Thomas John grave marker.jpg
B111538 Sigmn TJ Cronan I.C.6.
Eakett, Albert Bernard grave marker.jpg
A57804 Sgt AB Eakett II.F.6.
Ford, Alfred grave marker.jpg
D116378 Sigmn A Ford V.E.14.
Greenfield, Douglas Horace grave marker.jpg
M53192 Sgt DH Greenfield IV.A.10.
Jay, Albert Edward grave marker.jpg
B134241 Sigmn AE Jay VII.A.14.
Jeanneret, Kenneth Geikie grave marker.jpg
- Lt KG Jeanneret IX.E.8.
Kennedy, Edward John grave marker.jpg
F78831 Sigmn EJ Kennedy IX.A.11.
Levesque, Henry Joseph grave marker.jpg
L65754 Sigmn HJ Levesque VII.A.12.
Loughnan, David Stephen Herbert grave marker.jpg
- Capt DSH Loughnan XI.G.15
Shields, Martin Victor grave marker.jpg
C5809 Sigmn MV Shields II.A.12.
Soule, William Colin grave marker.jpg
B38505 Sigmn WC Soule XXIV.B.8.
Sweeting, Richard Gordon grave marker.jpg
L58711 Sigmn RG Sweeting X.B.1.
Wilks, Lawrence Edward grave marker.jpg
C31566 Sigmn LE Wilks II.F.1.


The following member of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals is commemorated here.

Engraved Name Service Number Rank and Name Grave Location
Rodrigues, George grave marker.jpg
D116199 Sigmn G Rodrigues Panel 10.

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References

  1. Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery