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.
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.
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.