SOLDIER SEARCH

Are you looking for a soldier buried in The Netherlands?

Find all details here: https://www.cwgc.org/find/find-cemeteries-and-memorials

You can search by cemetery or by name.

Will you help us to realise the Digital Monument, please contact us if you have any information/photo for:
Bergen op Zoom: info@stichtingbbw.nl
Groesbeek: info@facestograves.nl
Holten (+other cemeteries): info@canadesebegraafplaatsholten.nl

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

 




WO2 Gelderland





Faces To Graves Groesbeek, Holten and Bergen op Zoom combine efforts in the National Foundation Canadian War Graves Netherlands.







ONLINE DONEREN

Donations by credit card or PayPal are welcome (for example: a donation of 25 euro will cost approx 37.50 Cdlr.).

Please note that the Dutch banks do not process checks!

FOUNDATION


Committee of Recommendation:

-Gerd Prick – former Mayor of Groesbeek.
-Mark Slinkman – Mayor of Berg en Dal
-Paul Wilbers – former Mayor of Ubbergen, Chairman of the Board of the National Liberation Museum 1944-1945
-Johan Willemstein - former leader Nijmegen 4Day Marches

Committee:
-Alice E. van Bekkum-van 't Verlaat, president / Research Team.. Read more.
-Dick Akerboom, vice-president. Read more.
-Adriaan R. van der Pol, MBA,
treasurer / secretary. Read more.
-Wim Poppenk, member of the Board / Research Team. Read more.

Counsellors:
-Mr. Jan C.K. van Loo LL.M.
-Jelle Reitsma, Brigadier General (ret.) Royal Netherlands Army. Read more.



-Julie Allen, International Communications Canada. Read more

Email: info@facestograves.nl

Facebook facebook.com/facestograves 

Postal address:
Sprokkelveld 68B
6596DM-Milsbeek
The Netherlands

KvK: 63388812

IBAN: NL78 ABNA 0592 2443 93
Addressed to: ST FACES TO CANADIAN

LIFE STORIES

What you don't see on our website is the research that is done by our Research Team. Behind the scenes, hard work is being done on the realization of this huge project. Not only by the volunteers of the Research Team, but also by the members of the board. Through the heart-warming reactions of relatives in Canada we get inspiration to continue. They sometimes even send us complete life stories!

But we also get life stories from High Schools (Lest We Forget), individuals and organizations. These contributions are very valuable and are greatly appreciated; every contribution means that another soldier has been removed from anonymity.



Cemetery sign

DIGITAL MONUMENT

Stanley Park

Click on the picture

We keep their memory alive by telling their stories

Tombstone and Flags











Please help us to build this Digital Monument


Do you have a photo or information about a soldier buried in Groesbeek or whose name is mentioned on the Memorial because he is missing, please contact us:

info@facestograves.nl

NEWSLETTER

To read the latest newsletter (2020 no9), click here (adobe PDF).

Older newsletters:
-2019 no8: click here (adobe PDF).
-2019 no7: click here (adobe PDF).
-2018 no6: click here (adobe PDF).
-2018 no5: click here (adobe PDF).
-2017 no4: click here (adobe PDF)
-2017 no3: click here (adobe PDF)
-2016 no2: click here (adobe PDF)
-2016 no1: click here (adobe PDF)

RADIO

Listen to items about Faces To Graves. Click on the link to listen an item.

Interview Faces To Graves: 24 March 2019 Radio Berg en Dal, program ‘Then and Now’ Note: 134mb | In Dutch


NEWSPAPERS

To open the newspaper articles, click on the thumbnails.
Award Alice van Bekkum
Legion Magazine november 2018

De Gelderlander 22-05-2019

190522 De Gelderlander Canisius College

De Gelderlander 30-03-2019

De Gelderlander 30-03-2019

Legion Magazine november 2018

Legion Magazine november 2018

De Brug 26-09-2018

De Brug 26-09-2018

BN-De Stem 24-05-2018

Artikel 22

De Gelderlander 22-11-2017

Artikel 21

De Rozet 14-11-2017

Artikel 20

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
Watch movie


Groesbeeks Weekblad 05-05-2015

Artikel 8

The Daily Gleaner 15-01-2015
Artikel 5



De Gelderlander 08-05-2015

Artikel 2

VIDEOS


Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery: https://youtu.be/ndbwUtDEmbo

Interview Veteran Affairs Wageningen 5 May 2015: https://youtu.be/ZeFl_8rkZjg

Pilot Officer Frederick William Campbell: https://youtu.be/exEJBgngcog

Harriet’s travel to visit her Dad’s grave in Groesbeek 15 Sep 2017: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JliH-8ds390

Wish of a Lifetime 15 Sep 2017: https://youtu.be/BgXkld9BUIA

Interview about Faces To Graves 16 Sep 2017 (by Wish of a Lifetime): https://youtu.be/gZ57CS6Oa_o

How I experienced visit Harriet Jeneraux 16 Sep 2017 (by Wish of a Lifetime): https://youtu.be/sGja5pd8KYA

Interview TV Berg en Dal 18 Dec 2018: https://youtu.be/A9sY6FAgMCI

Nijmegen Marches interview cemetery about Robert Allen Weese 19 Jul 2018: https://youtu.be/_PfXzjwBM90

Nijmegen Marches interview cemetery about Anthony Barbaro 18 Jul 2019: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppY_vPYYxl4

17 September TV Gelderland live broadcast ‘75 years of freedom’ interview with USA Ambassador Pete Hoekstra, Qader Shafiq, writer and Alice van Bekkum, Faces to Graves Foundation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3Um9AYCTsM

20 September RN7 part of live broadcast ‘75 years Market Garden - The Crossing’ interview with Alice van Bekkum about the work of Faces to Graves: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkrsCSr6clc

CBC: 75th anniversary of Holland’s liberation marked with online tributes – 5 May 2020 CBC The National: https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1734189123707

CALENDAR

At the moment no ceremonies, activities etc. are scheduled due to the Coronavirus.

SPONSORS

Dutch Liberation Canadian Society

https://www.dutchcanada2020.com/
Van Noort Bulb

https://www.vannoortbulb.com/
In our fathers footsteps

https://www.inourfathersfootsteps.com/
Het Zwaantje

https://www.t-zwaantje.nl/
Commonwealth War Graves SEW Fonds
Concordia De Keizer Gemeente Berg en Dal

AWARD

On Saturday 13 August 2019 the President of the Faces To Graves Foundation (called Faces to Graves) was honoured with the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers by the Canadian Governor General Julie Payette. The ceremony took place at HMCS St. John’s in the harbour of Vlissingen.

Comment Alice van Bekkum: I feel very honoured, but I also know that I cannot do this on my own. So this award is also for the volunteers of Faces to Graves!

Read more on:
https://www.gg.ca/en/media/photos/2019/visit-netherlands-and-poland-day-2

https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/governor-general-commemorates-liberation-of-netherlands-in-second-world-war-1.4573491
HMCS St. John’s

HMCS St. John’s
the Canadian Ambassador greets Alice

the Canadian ambassador greets Alice
the moment is there

the moment is there
ship bell

ship bell
Governor General hands out the award

Governor General hands out the award
The four awarded, together with Ambassador Sabine Nölke and Governor General Julie Payette

The four awarded, together with Ambassador Sabine Nölke and Governor General Julie Payette

CITATION LETTER

Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers
Médaille du souverain pour les bénévoles

Alice van Bekkum
Milsbeek, Netherlands


Alice van Bekkum is the co-founder, president and research coordinator of Faces to Canadian War Graves Groesbeek Foundation, an organization that collects information on fallen Canadian soldiers involved in the 1945 liberation of the Netherlands. Pursuing a mission to create a virtual memorial to Canada's fallen in the Netherlands, she has helped gather the photos and life stories of more than 2000 Canadians buried at the Groesbeek War Cemetery

Alice van Bekkum est Ia cofondatrice, présidente et coordonnatrice des recherches de la Faces to Canadian War Graves Groesbeek Foundation, organisation qui recueille de l'informatíon sur les soldats canadiens morts au combat ayant participé à Ia libération des Pays-Bas en 1945. Dans le cadre de sa mission visant à créer un monument virtuel à Ia mémoire des Canadiens tombés aux Pays-Bas, etle a aidé à rassembler les photos et les récits de plus de 2000 Canadiens enterrés au cimetière militaire de Groesbeek.

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/