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|