Canadian War Cemetery Groesbeek

The Netherlands




In the Canadian War Cemetery, lie 2617 members of the Commonwealth armed forces killed during the Second World War. This is the largest Commonwealth war cemetery in the Netherlands. Of special note is that, with the exception of just one, all Canadians who lost their lives during Operation Veritable were buried, or in many cases re-buried, here. The one exception is a Canadian soldier who lies in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery in Germany.

Many of the dead were brought here from Germany, because General Crerar, commander of Canadian forces in Europe, gave the order that no Canadian dead should be buried in German soil. The Allied personnel who lie buried in the Canadian war Cemetery are of the following nationalities: Canada (2339), United Kingdom (267) Belgium (3), Australia (2), Poland (2), New Zealand (1), The Netherlands (1), Russia (1), and Yugoslavia (1). Inside the entrance to the cemetery stands a monument, a memorial wall bearing the names of military personnel missing in action. This monument commemorates a total of 1047 missing men: 942 British, 102 Canadians, 2 South Africans, and one British airman. In front of the graves stands the 'Stone of Remembrance', bearing the text: 'THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE'.


Zevenheuvelenweg 38, 6561 ES Groesbeek, Pays-Bas