"The Fallen Warrior", memorial, German Cemetery, Cannock Chase

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    "Cannock Chase as it is now, with its steeply-rising, pine-covered slopes, is very reminiscent of parts of Germany and this is why, in 1964, it was chosen as the site of the Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof - the cemetery which now contains the bodies of all German servicemen who died in the UK during both world wars.

    "The cemetery was built by the German War Graves Commission, with grant aid provided by the Federal Republic of Germany. Today, the care of the cemetery is in the hands of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission...

    "Although not actually gloomy, the cemetery has a brooding, sombre aspect. The visitor enters through a deliberately dark covered vestibule containing only a low plinth on which lies the black, carved outline of an agonised body covered by a sheet. It serves as a reminder of the pain of war, and every visitor has to pass it. "

    See www.fylde.demon.co.uk/cannock.htm , home.arcor.de/kriegsgefangene/cemetery/cannock_chase.html and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannock_Chase_German_war_cemetery

    1. Eve Livesey ages ago | reply

      Very atmospheric Hugh, I didn't know there were German War Graves in the UK

    2. HughofBardfield ages ago | reply

      Thanks Eve - I didn't know either. I was quite surprised when I discovered this site more or less by accident. There are nearly 5,000 buried here, and around 1,300 in a number of other sites, aparently

    3. Eve Livesey ages ago | reply

      Gosh, it makes sense though when you think about it, so many POWs here, it's all verrrry sad...........

    4. vidular ages ago | reply

      Interesting description, quite a place.

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