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2.617 lights on Canadian cemetery

People of Groesbeek come in action for buried soldiers.
Faces To Graves embraces warm initiative for Groesbeek Cemetery.

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De Gelderlander 15-11-2016
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FACES TO GRAVES: A CHALLENGE

We are searching for photos and information about the soldiers who are buried at the Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery in The Netherlands.
Initiated by a lady who is not afraid to try the impossible…
This may be your first thought when you realize that there are 2590 names on the headstones and 1029 names of missing soldiers on the Memorial Wall.
And not to forget the headstones of unidentified casualties with only the words: ‘Known unto God’.

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM

We have to pay tribute to those young soldiers who lost their lives so far away from home fighting for our freedom.
Especially now most of their comrades are not able to do this any longer.
We would like to recognize every single one of them by a photo and the story of his life, so they will never be forgotten.






FACES TO CANADIAN WAR GRAVES
GROESBEEK FOUNDATION

Set up by three members of the Royal Canadian Legion, Dutch Branch 005 – Liberation of The Netherlands –

We need your help to build a virtual memorial.


Ask around and encourage people to send photo’s, copies of documents, newspaper cuttings and stories of their family members, friends, neighbours etc.

ALL DOCUMENTATION IS
MOST WELCOME.

Please send us your information by mail or email

 

 

 

 





FOUNDATION

Committee:
-Alice E. van Bekkum-van 't Verlaat, president.
-Adriaan R. van der Pol, MBA,
treasurer.

Counsellor:
Mr. Jan C.K. van Loo LL.M.
Jelle Reitsma, Brigadegeneral (ret.) Royal Netherlands Army

Email: info@facestograves.nl

Facebook facebook.com/facestograves 

Postal address:
Sprokkelveld 68B
6596DM-Milsbeek
The Netherlands
+31 (0)651785502

KvK: 63388812
IBAN: NL78 ABNA 0592 2443 93

ONLINE DONEREN







LIFE STORIES

Next are some life stories as examples of the kind of information and photos that we want to use to sketch an image of each fallen soldier. The Barbaro and Darwin life stories are extended because of the benefit of the involvement of the families. We realize that it is impossible to put together such a story of all soldiers who are buried in Groesbeek. The life stories of Mennie and Wallace illustrate the quality of work that has been accomplished by High School students working on the “Lest We Forget” project.

Please help us and share your information and photos with us.


ANTONIO BARBARO

Lance Corporal Antonio Barbaro gave his life jacket to his comrade. Because of the force of the current Antonio drowned in the river Maas near Mook.
Click here for the extended life story of Antonio Barbaro.



We keep their memory
alive by telling their
stories

JOHN JOSEPH DARWIN

Warrant Officer John Jospeh Darwin of the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regiment was killed on the 16th of January 1945. He slipped in the snow and mud while climbing a hill and fell on a German landmine.
Click here for the extended life story of John Joseph Darwin.

WILLIAM JAMES MENNIE

Private William James Mennie served with the Carleton and York Regiment, he was killed in Holland on April 20, 1945. Two months after he died, his son William James Mennie was born.
Click here for the extended life story of William James Mennie.

JOHN BURPEE WALLACE

Trooper John Burpee Wallace fought with the 8th Princess Louise's (New Brunswick) Hussars in Italy and Holland. He was killed in Holland during the last month of the war.
Click here for the extended life story of John Burpee Wallace.




ROLL OF HONOUR

We are creating a virtual memorial based on a database with the personal life stories and photos of the military buried at Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery or listed on the Groesbeek Memorial. It may take some time before this Roll of Honour is available on this website, we ask for your understanding.


Please help us to build this virtual memorial


Cemetery sign

CONTACT

Without your help we cannot realize the roll of honour on this website.

Contact us if you have information about one of the military men buried at the Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery and men named on the Groesbeek Memorial.

info@facestograves.nl

 

 

 

 






NEWSLETTER

To read the latest newletter (2017 no3), click here (adobe PDF).

Older newsletters:
-2016 no2: click here (adobe PDF)
-2016 no1: click here (adobe PDF).


NEWSPAPERS

To open the newspaper articles, click on the thumbnails.

Ottawa Citizen 11-11-2017

Ottawa Citizen



NRZ Emmerich 19-09-2017

Artikel 10


De Gelderlander 16-09-2017

Artikel 10

De Gelderlander 03-01-2017

Artikel 7

The Telegraphjournal 05-11-2016

Artikel 3

 

AD 16-09-2017

AD



NRZ Kleve 19-09-2017

Artikel 9


De Telegraaf 16-09-2017

Artikel 9


The Daily Gleaner 01-06-2015
Artikel 6


De Rozet 12-05-2015
Artikel 4

Gazet Bergen op Zoom 28-10-2015

Artikel 1




De Gelderlander 18-09-2017

Gelderlander
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Groesbeeks Weekblad 05-05-2015

Artikel 8

The Daily Gleaner 15-01-2015
Artikel 5



De Gelderlander 08-05-2015

Artikel 2














FILM

Video of Kasper Tijs, student and member of the Dutch host family for Beatrice Messinger (nee Harrison). She is the sister of Ernest Harrison, his name is on the Memorial for the missing military.













We maintain close contacts with:

Royal Canadian Legion – Branch 005 –Liberation of The Netherlands:
http://www.rcl005.nl/

Stichting Groesbeek Airborne Friends:
http://www.groesbeekairbornevrienden.nl/lang/en-us

The Association of the 8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise’s):
http://www.8chassociation.com/Museum.html

The Roll Call of Honour –To honour ALL that served Canada
http://www.honourthem.ca/

Gathering Our Heroes – Chatham-Kent WWI and WWII enlistments
http://www.gatheringourheroes.ca/

Powell River's Unsung Heros Of World War II
http://pruhoww2.weebly.com/

History of the village Groesbeek:
http://www.geschiedenisgroesbeek.nl/ereveld.htm

Stichting Tremele:
http://www.tremele.nl/Oorlog/wo2/00nedindex/nindex.htm

War dead nijmegen 1940-1945:
http://www.oorlogsdodennijmegen.nl/

The Arnhem Roll of Honour database:
http://www.marketgarden.com/database/index.php?database=1

For information about Apeldoorn and the Second World War:
https://www.apeldoornendeoorlog.nl/english/




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