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

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