Kleve Reichswald

Forest War Cemetery in Kleve-Reichswald
Forest War Cemetery in Kleve-Reichswald

The cemetery is the burial place of 7,646 soldiers killed during the Second World War: 6,406 from Great Britain, 706 from Canada, 327 from Australia, 127 from New Zealand, 1 from South Africa, 1 from the Netherlands, 1 from the United States, 1 from Norway and 1 unidentified.

It also became the place of final rest for 73 Poles, 64 pilots from Polish squadrons fighting with the allied air forces and 8 soldiers from the 1st Polish Armoured Division. They were buried in plots No. 55, row H, and 59, row A.

The data in the left column comes from archival materials, the right - from the tombstones (original spelling preserved):

 

GRABOWSKI KAZIMIERZ a.k.a. "Cybulski" Rifleman   K. Grabowski Served as Private  K. Cybulski Replenishment Unit 1st Armoured Division 16th May 1945 Age 34 Polish Forces

Replenishment Unit

* 1.1.1911 Radymno district Lubawa

† 16.5.1945 Kssel Krs. Kleve

R-C. Serv. Number 1911/225/I-43463

 

KAŁUŻA ZYGFRYD Lance Corporal Rifles   Lance Cpl Z. Kałuża Replenishment Unit 1st Armoured Division 2nd June 1945 Age 33 Polish Forces

Replenishment Unit

* 1912

† 2.6.1945 Bet. Gen. Hospital Bedgury Kleve.

R-C. Serv. Number 1912/361/I-67830

 

KRUŻA SYLWESTER Rifleman   Rifleman Cruises 8th Rifle Battalion 22nd April 1945 Age 32 Polish Forces

8th Rifle Battalion

* 28.12.1912 Krolów districtTczew

† 22.4.1945 in St. Joseph Haus Wettingen

R-C. Serv. Number 1912/278/I-49619

 

NARLOCH STANISŁAW   Rifleman S. Narloch 8th Rifle Battalion 24th April 1945 Age 18 Polish Forces

8th Rifle Battalion

* 25.4.1926 Kalisz district Kościerzyna

† 23.4.1945 Wittingen

R-C. Serv. Number 1926/19/I-49487

 

OCELOK JÓZEF a.k.a. "Kajak" Lance Corporal Rifles   J. Ocelok served as Lance Cpl J. Kajak Replenishment Unit 1st Polish Armoured Division 28th May 1945 Age 30 Polish Forces

Replenishment Unit

* 26.4.1915 Miasteczko district Tarnowskie Góry

† 28.5.1945 in Goch

R-C. Serv. Number 1915/79/I-48370

 

SŁOWIŃSKI ZYGMUND a.k.a. "Stomina"   Z. Słowiński served as Lance Corporal Rifles Z. Stomina 8th Rifle Battalion 6th July 1945 Age 23 Polish Forces

Lance Corporal Rifles

8th Rifle Battalion

* 6.7.1921 Bolumin district Chełmno

† 6.7.1945 Brt. Gen. Hospital Bedgury Kleve

R-C. Serv. Number 1921/199/I-40945

 

STRZELECKI EDWARD a.k.a. "Zając" Lance Corporal Rifles   E. Strzelecki served as Lance Corporal Rifles E. Hare Highland Rifle Battalion 27th April 1945 Age 34 Polish Forces

Highland Rifle Battalion

* 25.8.1910 Odolanów district Ostrów Wielkopolski

† 27.71945 Riflemant Joseph Haus Wettingen

R-C. Serv. Number 1910/199/I-33169

 

TUSZYŃSKI FELIKS Lance Corporal Rifles   Private F. Tuszyński Replenishment Unit 1st Armoured Division 29th May 1945 Age 19 Polish Forces

Replenishment Unit

* 18.051926 Kosztowy district Pszczyna

† 28.05.1945 in Goch

R-C. Serv. Number 1926/53/I-66818

 

This war cemetery was designed and built, like the other 11 English war cemeteries in West Germany and Berlin, under the supervision of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. At the entrance, there are two boards in English and German, reading:

 

THE AREA OF THIS CEMETERY WAS DESIGNATED BY GERMAN SOCIETY AS A PLACE OF HONOUR AND ETERNAL REST FOR SAILORS, SOLDIERS AND PILOTS KILLED DURING THE WAR

[translation from Polish]

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  • Tombstones of the soldiers of the Polish 1st Armoured Division in Kleve-Reichswald

    Tombstones of the soldiers of the Polish 1st Armoured Division in Kleve-Reichswald

  • Tombstones of the soldiers of the Polish 1st Armoured Division in Kleve-Reichswald

    Tombstones of the soldiers of the Polish 1st Armoured Division in Kleve-Reichswald

  • Tombstones of the soldiers of the Polish 1st Armoured Division in Kleve-Reichswald

    Tombstones of the soldiers of the Polish 1st Armoured Division in Kleve-Reichswald

  • Tombstones of the soldiers of the Polish 1st Armoured Division in Kleve-Reichswald

    Tombstones of the soldiers of the Polish 1st Armoured Division in Kleve-Reichswald

  • Grabsteine der Soldaten der 1. Polnischen Panzerdivision in Kleve-Reichswald

    Tombstones of the soldiers of the Polish 1st Armoured Division in Kleve-Reichswald

  • Tombstones of the soldiers of the Polish 1st Armoured Division in Kleve-Reichswald

    Tombstones of the soldiers of the Polish 1st Armoured Division in Kleve-Reichswald

  • Tombstones of the soldiers of the Polish 1st Armoured Division in Kleve-Reichswald

    Tombstones of the soldiers of the Polish 1st Armoured Division in Kleve-Reichswald

  • Tombstones of the soldiers of the Polish 1st Armoured Division in Kleve-Reichswald

    Tombstones of the soldiers of the Polish 1st Armoured Division in Kleve-Reichswald