Enschede "Oosterbegraafplaats" General Cemetery

At General Cemetery Oosterbegraafplaats (Algemene Begraafplaats) are the graves of 62 allied soldiers,
of which are 11 First World War and 51 Second World War.

Enchede is a large town in the Province of Overijssel, in the north-eastern part of the Netherlands, close to the German border. The cemetery is located in Noord Esmarkerrondweg opposite Lipperkerkstraat, on the eastern side of the town.  The First World War Commonwealth Plot will be found by turning right past the building and following the first gravel path to Plot 12.

The Netherlands retained her neutrality during the First World War and most of those Commonwealth servicemen buried there were either sailors whose bodies were washed up upon her shores, interned members of the Royal Naval Division who crossed the border from Belgium in October 1914 following the siege of Antwerp, or prisoners of war who had been exchanged or released.

The Second World War Commonwealth Plot is in the north-western part of the cemetery.

 Commonwealth forces suffered some casualties when the Netherlands fell to the Germans on 14 May 1940, and many more when the Allies returned between September 1944 and April 1945. In the intervening years, many airmen were shot down or crashed in raids on strategic objectives in the Netherlands, or while returning from missions over Germany. They now lie buried in cemeteries and churchyards all over the country. Enschede Eastern General Cemetery contains 11 Commonwealth burials of the First World War. Second World War burials number 51, about half of them airmen, the rest members of the Commonwealth land forces, killed in the final stages of the war in Holland.

War casualties commemorated at this cemetery
First World War U.K 11
United Kingdom 38
Canada 6
Australia 4
New Zealand 1
South Africa 1
The Netherlands 1
Total 62

Due to the size of the cemetery there is just a little cross of sacrifice 4,5 mtrs tall.


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