Wilhelm Thoene

Gefreiter Wilhelm Thoene served in the Wehrmacht, the Nazi military in World War Two. The rank of Gefrieter was comparable to a Lance Corporal in Britain.

Gefreiter

Wilhelm Thoene

B24399

Gefreiter Wilhelm Thoene served in the Wehrmacht, the Nazi military in World War Two. The rank of Gefrieter was comparable to a Lance Corporal in Britain.

Gefreiter Wilhelm Thoene served in the Wehrmacht, the Nazi military in World War Two. The rank of Gefrieter was comparable to a Lance Corporal in the British ranks.

Campbell College, Belfast

Built between 1892 and 1894, Campbell College in East Belfast is a voluntary grammar school. During the Second World War, it served as a British Military Hospital and was heavily bombed during the Belfast Blitz. Photo from Geograph.ie.

Decorated German dies in Belfast

Thoene was born on 22nd June 1903 and during the war served in the 101st Jaeger/Leichte Infanterie. During the course of the conflict, he was taken prisoner of war and transported to Northern Ireland with the number B24399. In 1942, he was awarded the German Gold Cross for bravery.

While in Northern Ireland, he died aged 42 on 7th March 1945 in Campbell College Military Hospital, Belfast, Co. Antrim.

Cannock Chase Cemetery

Cannock Chase Cemetery in Staffordshire, United Kingdom is a military cemetery for German military who died on British territory during WWI and WWII. Photo taken in 2007. Copyright unknown.

Wilhelm Thoene’s grave is in Plot 4, Row 3, Grave 29 of Cannock Chase German Military Cemetery, Penkridge Bank, Staffordshire, England. He was first buried on 10th March 1945 in Glenalina Section AS, Grave 158, Belfast City Cemetery, Co. Antrim. On 26th February 1948, he was reinterred in Glenalina Section ES, Grave 206 before being repatriated on 17th July 1962.

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