1939-1945 Commonwealth Cemetery, Berlin, Germany

The 1939-1945 Commonwealth Cemetery at Heerstrasse, Charlottenburg, Berlin is the final resting place of twenty men with connections to Northern Ireland.

1939-1945 Commonwealth Cemetery

Heerstrasse 139





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.

Berlin 1939-1945 Cemetery

The Berlin 1939-1945 Cemetery in Charlottenburg, Berlin is run by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Nineteen Ulster men killed during World War Two are buried in this cemetery. Photo taken on 24th October 2017.

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.

RankFirst NameLast NameUnit
SergeantJohn JamesCaves1st Glider Pilot Regiment
PrivatePercy JamesEdwards1st Battalion Welch Regiment
PrivateJohnGilmore18th Battalion New Zealand Infantry
CorporalDesmond MaryGrantRoyal Air Force
PrivateThomasHancock1st Battalion Welch Regiment
PrivateJohnJohnstonRoyal Army Service Corps
Pilot OfficerJohn GrahamMcCombRoyal Air Force
Pilot OfficerDavid WhitesideMcConnellRoyal Air Force
SergeantAndrew LeslieMcConnellRoyal Air Force
BombardierThomasMcCutcheonRoyal Artillery
SergeantJohn RitchieMcDowellRoyal Air Force
SergeantRobertMcKeagRoyal Air Force
SergeantRobert CharlesMcLarenRoyal Air Force
Pilot OfficerJames StirlingMooreRoyal Air Force
SergeantWalter LeonardSargentRoyal Air Force
Flight SergeantGerald EaglesonScottRoyal Air Force
SergeantPeter TristanSmithRoyal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Lance CorporalGeorgeSterrittPionner Corps
SergeantEdward JohnWrightRoyal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
SergeantHenry JamesMcAdamRoyal Air Force

Graves of the Northern Irishmen

Remembering the Fallen

John James Caves

Sergeant | 7020145

Sergeant John James Caves served in 1st Glider Pilot Regiment during World War Two. He saw action at Normandy and became a POW at Arnhem in September 1944.

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.

John Gilmore

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 Thomas Hancock

Thomas Hancock

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.

John Johnston

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 died on a raid over Berlin on 1st September 1943 while serving as an Air Gunner with RAF 77 Squadron.

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 DFC

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.

Thomas McCutcheon

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.

Portrait of Robert McKeag

Robert McKeag

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

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.

George Sterritt

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 died on 1st September 1943 while serving in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in a Bomber Command raid over Berlin, Germany.