German War Memorial

#1
Went for a walk sunday around Cannock Chase and saw that there was a war memorial / graves for dead German soldiers and it got me thinking why is it at Cannock Chase??

Can anyone shead any light or is it just one of those things?

Thanks
 
#2
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Cannock Chase as it is now, with its steeply-rising, pine-covered slopes, is very reminiscent of parts of Germany and this is why, in 1964, it was chosen as the site of the Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof - the cemetery which now contains the bodies of all German servicemen who died in the UK during both world wars. The cemetery was built by the German War Graves Commission, with grant aid provided by the Federal Republic of Germany. Today, the care of the cemetery is in the hands of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
 
#3
Thanks for that. I never realised that Cannock Chase resembled parts of Germany. Something new that I have learned.

Thank you
 
#4
Does it have a sign saying that the land upon which the graves stand have been granted to Germany in perpetuity?. As with allied sites in France etc.
 
#5
whiffler said:
Does it have a sign saying that the land upon which the graves stand have been granted to Germany in perpetuity?. As with allied sites in France etc.
I doubt it, but that won't have an impact on the duration of the "eternal vigil".

Questions about the length of commitment that the CGWC has for maintenance of this cemetary is one for the PR office of the CWGC.

Here is what their CWGC site says about the site:

On 16 October 1959, an agreement was concluded by the governments of the United Kingdom and the Federal Republic of Germany concerning the future care of the graves of German nationals who lost their lives in the United Kingdom during the two World Wars. The agreement provided for the transfer to a central cemetery in the United Kingdom of all graves which were not situated in cemeteries and plots of Commonwealth war graves maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in situ. Following this agreement, the German War Graves Commission (Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgraberfursorge) made arrangements to transfer the graves of German servicemen and civilian internees of both wars from scattered burial grounds to the new cemetery established at Cannock Chase. The inauguration and dedication of this cemetery, which contains almost 5,000 German and Austrian graves, took place in June 1967
 

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