TERSCHELLING (WEST-TERSCHELLING) GENERAL CEMETERY
Last updated: 09-jun-2004
Terschelling, one of the Frisian Islands, lies off the north coast of The Netherlands.
West-Terschelling is the main village on the island.
Early in the afternoon of
August 19th 1942,
the beaches of Dieppe were stormed by a force of 6,000 soldiers, of whom 5,000 were Canadians.
They were supported by the Royal Navy and by 74 Allied air squadrons.
It was a highly unequal engagement, with the Germans in well-entrenched positions,
against infantry soldiers and a few tanks on an open beach.
Nearly 900 Canadians lost their lives that day, and a further 50 died later in captivity.....
The heaviest loses were sustained by the Royal Regiment of Canada (224)
and The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (199).
Only 2,200 Canadians managed to return to England. Nearly 2,000 were taken prisoner.
Five Canadian soldiers who died on the shores of Dieppe,
were washed ashore in the Netherlands at
Haamstede, Zoutelande, Egmond, Ameland and Terschelling two months later.
The cemetery is 2 kilometres north-west of the village.
The Commonwealth graves occupy a full length row on the left of the main path as you enter,
and a short row on the right of this path at the far end of the cemetery.
No. of Identified Casualties: 67
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