The 1939-1945 Commonwealth Cemetery is one of two Commonwealth War Graves Commission sites in Berlin. Established in 1945, it became a central burial ground for fallen aircrew and prisoners of war.
Of the men buried in this cemetery, over 80% are aircrew killed in action on raids over Germany. Most of the others were prisoners of war in Berlin or across east Germany.
The original cemetery stood at Trakehner Allee. Authorities demolished this site in 1959 and reinterred all bodies in the new Heerstrasse cemetery.
The new Heerstrasse Cemetery
Philip Dalton Hepworth designed the new cemetery at Heerstrasse. Construction of the 3.8 hectare site completed between 1957-1959. It contains many features familiar to other British Commonwealth cemeteries; Portland stone headstones, Cross of Sacrifice, and Remembrance Stone. Three limestone arches with wrought iron gates lead into the well-kept, short lawns of the cemetery.
3,576 people lie in rest in the 1939-1945 Commonwealth Cemetery including twenty with connections to Northern Ireland.
Visit in October 2017
Photos from the 1939-1945 Commonwealth Cemetery taken on a visit in October 2017.
The Northern Irishmen in Berlin
This Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery is the final resting place of twenty men with connections to Northern Ireland.
|Rank||First Name||Last Name||Unit|
|Sergeant||John James||Caves||1st Glider Pilot Regiment|
|Private||Percy James||Edwards||1st Battalion Welch Regiment|
|Private||John||Gilmore||18th Battalion New Zealand Infantry|
|Corporal||Desmond Mary||Grant||Royal Air Force|
|Private||Thomas||Hancock||1st Battalion Welch Regiment|
|Private||John||Johnston||Royal Army Service Corps|
|Pilot Officer||John Graham||McComb||Royal Air Force|
|Pilot Officer||David Whiteside||McConnell||Royal Air Force|
|Sergeant||Andrew Leslie||McConnell||Royal Air Force|
|Sergeant||John Ritchie||McDowell||Royal Air Force|
|Sergeant||Robert||McKeag||Royal Air Force|
|Sergeant||Robert Charles||McLaren||Royal Air Force|
|Pilot Officer||James Stirling||Moore||Royal Air Force|
|Sergeant||Walter Leonard||Sargent||Royal Air Force|
|Flight Sergeant||Gerald Eagleson||Scott||Royal Air Force|
|Sergeant||Peter Tristan||Smith||Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve|
|Lance Corporal||George||Sterritt||Pionner Corps|
|Sergeant||Edward John||Wright||Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve|
|Sergeant||Henry James||McAdam||Royal Air Force|
Graves of the Northern Irishmen
Remembering the Fallen
John James Caves
Sergeant • 7020145
Sergeant John James Caves served in the 1st Glider Pilot Regiment during World War Two. He saw action on D-Day and was taken prisoner in Germany in 1945.
Percy James Edwards
Private • 3960432
Private Percy James Edwards of Belfast, Co. Antrim died on 4th June 1943 while a prisoner of war in Germany. He served in 1st Battalion Welch Regiment.
Private • 29318
Private John Gilmore served in the 18th Battalion New Zealand Infantry although his parents came from Belfast. He died in captivity in Germany in 1944.
Desmond Mary Grant
Corporal • 539570
Corporal Desmond Mary Grant from Toomebridge, Co. Antrim served in the Royal Air Force during World War Two. He was taken prisoner of war in Crete in 1941.
Private • 3957970
Private Thomas Hancock died on 4th July 1942 while a prisoner of war in Germany. 1st Battalion Welch Regiment were serving in North Africa at the time.
Private • S/93146
Private John Johnston of Belfast, Co. Antrim left behind a wife named Mary and a young daughter Sadie when he was killed on service in Berlin, Germany.
John Graham McComb
Pilot Officer • 161589
Pilot Officer John Graham McComb from Belfast, Co. Antrim served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. His Lancaster bomber was shot down over Berlin.
Henry James McAdam
Sergeant • 547995
Sergeant Henry James McAdam from Belfast, Co. Antrim was an Air Gunner with Royal Air Force 77 Squadron during World War Two. He died over Berlin in 1943.
Andrew Leslie McConnell
Sergeant • 1137800
Sergeant Andrew Leslie McConnell from Ballymoney, Co. Antrim served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and was killed during a Berlin raid in 1944.
David Whiteside McConnell
Pilot Officer • 158915
Pilot Officer David Whiteside McConnell was born in 1920 in Newry, Co. Down. He joined RAF 101 Squadron in 1943 and was awarded the DFC the following year.
Bombardier • 1467311
Thomas McCutcheon from Bangor, Co. Down served in the Royal Artillery during World War Two. He died on 9th January 1944 and is buried in Berlin, Germany.
John Ritchie McDowell
Sergeant • 1798275
Sergeant John Ritchie McDowell served in Royal Air Force 101 Squadron during World War Two. His Lancaster bomber was shot down near the Czechoslovakia border in January 1945.
Sergeant • 1522883
Sergeant Robert McKeag from Belfast, Co. Antrim flew with the Royal Air Force 50 Squadron. He lost his life in the skies over Berlin on 4th September 1943.
Robert Charles McLaren
Sergeant • 1515312
Robert Charles McLaren from Sixmilecross in Co. Tyrone was known to family and friends as Charlie. He was killed on a raid with RAF 626 Squadron to Brunswick in January 1944.
James Stirling Moore
Pilot Officer • 156433
Pilot Officer James Stirling Moore was born in Belfast, Co. Antrim and served with RAF 78 Squadron when his Halifax was shot down over north Berlin in 1943.
Walter Leonard Sargent
Sergeant • 1321977
Royal Air Force Sergeant Walter Leonard Sargent was born in Rostrevor, Co. Down and flew with RAF 103 Squadron. His plane was shot down near Berlin in 1943.
Gerald Eagleson Scott
Flight Sergeant • 1023462
Flight Sergeant Gerald Eagleson Scott served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve during World War Two and was killed in the skies over Germany.
Peter Tristan Smith
Sergeant • 1290933
Sergeant Peter Tristan Smith of Bangor, Co. Down served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve flying missions over Europe with RAF 61 Squadron in 1943.
Lance Corporal • 13009152
Lance Corporal George Sterritt of Cookstown, Co. Tyrone died on 13th June 1943 aged 50 years old while serving overseas in Germany. His grave is in Berlin.
Edward John Wright
Sergeant • 1044677
Sergeant Edward John Wright served in the RAFVR during World War Two. He flew with 15 Squadron as part of Bomber Command at the time of his death in 1943.