Memorial Register, Germany 4, WW1, Berlin South Western Cemetery, Stahnsdorf, Germany

BERLIN SOUTH-WESTERN CEMETERY, STAHNSDORF CEMETERY INDEX MUN BERG Y .4. BERLIN South-Western Cemetery (the Sudwestfriedhof) is close to the small village of Stahnsdorf about 26 kilometres South-West of Berlin and 14 kilometres East of Potsdam, in the Province of Brandenburg. It is on the Eastern edge of the Potsdam Forest and near the Wannsee which is one of the chain of lakes stretching from Berlin by Potsdam to Brandenburg. The Cemetery is one of those which belong to the Berlin Stadtsynode. It was opened in 1908 and covers an area of about 132 hectares. In 1923 it was selected as one of the four cemeteries in which the Commonwealth war graves scattered throughout Germany should be grouped to ensure that they should be properly maintained in perpetuity and the work was carried out in 1924-25. The Commonwealth part of the cemetery consists of twenty plots about 1 kilometre from the main entrance. It contains the graves of 1119 sailors soldiers, marines and merchant seamen from the United Kingdom two of whom are unidentified 20 soldiers from Australia ten from Canada five of the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry, four from South Africa four from Newfoundland and three from New Zealand almost all of whom died as prisoners of war and special memorials are erected to six soldiers from the United Kingdom and one from Newfoundland whose graves could not be found. Adjoining the British plots is a Section containing the graves of 1.659 Italian soldiers who died as Prisoners of War in Germany. Other Italian Military burial grounds in Germany are at Munich Breslau and Cologne. The Commonwealth plots are surrounded by a beech hedge. The Register records particulars of 1170 War Dead buried or commemorated in this cemetery. O f the 146 cemeteries from which British graves were brought to Stahnsdorf, the following should be mentioned :—ALT DAM M PRISONERS O F WAR CEMETERY five miles East of Stettin in the Province of Pommern (Pomerania) contained the graves o f 46 soldiers from the United Kingdom .three from Newfoundland and two from Canada who died in 1915-1918. BUD E ROSE PRISONERS O F WAR CEMETERY near Guben in the Province of Brandenburg contained the graves of 18 soldiers from the United Kingdom one from Canada and one from Australia all of whom died in 1918.
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