Krakow Rakowicki Cemetery

Discussion in 'War Grave Photographs' started by englandphil, Sep 27, 2009.

  1. englandphil

    englandphil Very Senior Member

    I will be spending a few hours in Krakow at the end of October, and am hoping that I can free up enough time to again visit the CWGC Cemetery, especially, as I have 2 headstones on my 'To Do' List.

    if anybody else has any 'wants' drop a pm / email and i will add to the list.

    No promises on this one as I am on a tight schedule, but will do my upmost

    Phil
     
  2. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

  3. englandphil

    englandphil Very Senior Member

  4. englandphil

    englandphil Very Senior Member

    All, photo's obtained, will start posting / emailing tomorrow

    Phil
     
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  5. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Thanks Phil
     
  6. ramacal

    ramacal 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

    Thanks Phil.

    Regards - Robert
     
  7. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    Great work Phil.

    Cheers

    Geoff
     
  8. englandphil

    englandphil Very Senior Member

    With, only 6 hours in Poland as a Country, the whole day was a rush, with finally only 45 mins to spare at the Cemetery.

    Whilst the Cemetery is Listed as 'Rakowicki', the Commonwealth plot and also plots dedicated to Polish, Russian, and German Casualties is actually in the Wojskowy Cemetery, which is across the road.

    All the photos were taken with a small compact camera, and not my normal camera, as I was only travelling with hand luggage, so some are not of a fantastic quality.

    But, I will be going back, and next time, will make sure i have enough luggage space, and time to do all of the graves, which I have promised to Britishwargraves.

    So with the light declining fast, the rain coming down, and the taxi meter ticking I got all of the headstones requested, and some from the other plots which I had to pass to get to the Commonwealth plot.

    31 one of the casualties buried in the Cemetery were all killed on the 2nd December 1944, when a stray bomb from an Allied air raid hit the shelter that they were in whilst outside of the Stalag 344 POW camp on as part of a work party.

    SOURCE : Stalag 344
     

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  9. ramacal

    ramacal 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

    Thanks Phil and especially to you and your mate for the Madras guys.

    Regards - Robert
     
  10. englandphil

    englandphil Very Senior Member

    A selection of the Polish Graves, uncluding mass unknown's, and some very interesting intricate headstones.
     

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  11. englandphil

    englandphil Very Senior Member

    And a few of the German Memorial
     

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  12. englandphil

    englandphil Very Senior Member

    For Ramacal

    Name: BIRCHALL, ERNEST HENRY
    Initials: E H
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Lance Serjeant
    Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery
    Unit Text: 92 Field Regt.
    Age: 47
    Date of Death: 04/02/1941
    Service No: 3705940
    Additional information: Son of William and Sarah Birchall; husband of Winifred Ann Birchall, of Eltham Park, London.

    Name: DOWSON, HAL
    Initials: H
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Lance Bombardier
    Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery
    Unit Text: 1 Searchlight Regt.
    Age: 39
    Date of Death: 05/12/1944
    Service No: 779382
    Additional information: Husband of Rachel Ann Dowson, of Middlesbrough, Yorkshire.

    Name: FORD, GEORGE
    Initials: G
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Gunner
    Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery
    Unit Text: 151 Bty., 51 H.A.A. Regt.
    Age: 40
    Date of Death: 21/01/1945
    Service No: 1534737

    Name: GORING, JOHN
    Initials: J
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Gunner
    Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery
    Unit Text: 1 Bty., 1 Searchlight Regt.
    Age: 24
    Date of Death: 02/12/1944
    Service No: 2043413
    Additional information: Son of Joseph and Ada Goring, of Irlams-o'-th'-Height, Salford, Lancashire.

    Name: HOPKINS, CHARLES FREDERICK
    Initials: C F
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Gunner
    Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery
    Unit Text: 151 Bty., 51 H.A.A. Regt.
    Age: 37
    Date of Death: 02/12/1944
    Service No: 1530681
    Additional information: Son of Frederick Charles and Emma Hopkins; husband of Edna Ada Hopkins, of Nottingham.

    Name: MARTIN, WILLIAM
    Initials: W
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Gunner
    Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery
    Unit Text: H.Q. 2 A.A. Regt.
    Age: 30
    Date of Death: 11/03/1941
    Service No: 812149

    Name: SMITH, GERALD CHALONER
    Initials: G C
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Captain
    Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery
    Unit Text: 52 Lt. A.A. Regt.
    Date of Death: 16/09/1941
    Service No: 85889

    Name: GILDERDALE, THOMAS ANTHONY
    Initials: T A
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Gunner
    Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery
    Unit Text: 174 Bty., 58 Lt. A.A. Regt.
    Age: 21
    Date of Death: 16/03/1941
    Service No: 1494073
    Additional information: Son of Thomas Anthony Gilderdale and of Catherine Gilderdale, of Penarth, Glamorgan.

    Name: WILSON, HAROLD
    Initials: H
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Gunner
    Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery
    Unit Text: 74 Field Regt.
    Age: 23
    Date of Death: 23/10/1943
    Service No: 908107
     

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  13. englandphil

    englandphil Very Senior Member

    For Verries

    Name: GRANT, MICHAEL
    Initials: M
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Private
    Regiment/Service: Durham Light Infantry
    Unit Text: 9th Bn.
    Age: 30
    Date of Death: 02/12/1944
    Service No: 4454381

    Name: METCALFE, ROBERT
    Initials: R
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Private
    Regiment/Service: Durham Light Infantry
    Unit Text: 2nd Bn.
    Age: 29
    Date of Death: 17/10/1941
    Service No: 4446996
    Additional information: Son of Mary Metcalfe; husband of Violet Metcalfe, of Bayswater, London.

    Name: LANGTON, WILLIAM
    Initials: W
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Private
    Regiment/Service: Durham Light Infantry
    Unit Text: 11th Bn.
    Age: 27
    Date of Death: 02/12/1944
    Service No: 4459315
    Additional information: Son of Frank and Isabella Moffatt Langton, of Fallion, Sunderland, Co. Durham
     

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  14. englandphil

    englandphil Very Senior Member

    For Dbf

    Name: BARTLETT, RICHARD JAMES
    Initials: R J
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Guardsman
    Regiment/Service: Welsh Guards
    Unit Text: 2nd Bn.
    Age: 27
    Date of Death: 27/11/1944
    Service No: 2735645
    Additional information: Son of Samuel James Bartlett and Matilda Bartlett, of Porthcawl, Glamorgan.

    Name: BLYTHIN, DAVID
    Initials: D
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Guardsman
    Regiment/Service: Welsh Guards
    Unit Text: 2nd Bn.
    Age: 24
    Date of Death: 11/03/1943
    Service No: 2735542
    Additional information: Son of Samuel and Mary Elizabeth Blythin, of Bagillt, Flintshire.

    Name: MARGERRISON, SYDNEY WILSON
    Initials: S W
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Guardsman
    Regiment/Service: Coldstream Guards
    Unit Text: 1st Bn.
    Age: 23
    Date of Death: 22/06/1941
    Service No: 2657484
    Additional information: Son of Charles Alfred and Edith Margerrison, of Low Fell, Gateshead, Co. Durham.

    Name: MAXWELL, THOMAS TURNBULL
    Initials: T T
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Guardsman
    Regiment/Service: Scots Guards
    Unit Text: 2nd Bn.
    Age: 22
    Date of Death: 05/04/1943
    Service No: 2695837
    Additional information: Son of Robert and Mary Jane Maxwell, of Kirkconnel, Dumfriesshire.

    Name: THOMAS, JOSEPH EDWARD
    Initials: J E
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Guardsman
    Regiment/Service: Coldstream Guards
    Unit Text: 3rd Bn.
    Age: 28
    Date of Death: 10/03/1945
    Service No: 2657824
     

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  15. englandphil

    englandphil Very Senior Member

    For Spidge

    Name: BAXTER, MURRAY ALEXANDER
    Initials: M A
    Nationality: Australian
    Rank: Warrant Officer
    Regiment/Service: Royal Australian Air Force
    Age: 23
    Date of Death: 15/08/1944
    Service No: 416821
    Additional information: Son of Alexander and Winifred Baxter; husband of Margaret Eileen Baxter, of Coburg, Victoria, Australia

    Name: BENNETT, ALEXANDER
    Initials: A
    Nationality: Australian
    Rank: Flight Sergeant
    Regiment/Service: Royal Australian Air Force
    Age: 29
    Date of Death: 05/08/1944
    Service No: 418698
    Additional information: Son of Maxwell and Sadie Bennett; husband of Lydia Adelaide Bennett, of East St. Kilda, Victoria, Australia.

    Name: LIVERSIDGE, JOHN PHILIP
    Initials: J P
    Nationality: Australian
    Rank: Squadron Leader
    Regiment/Service: Royal Australian Air Force
    Age: 31
    Date of Death: 17/08/1944
    Service No: 401092
    Additional information: Son of Charles Eldred Liversidge and Lillian Amy Liversidge; husband of Eunice Miriam Liversidge, of Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia.

    Name: WYLLIE, MAXWELL JOSEPH ANDREW
    Initials: M J A
    Nationality: Australian
    Rank: Sergeant
    Regiment/Service: Royal Australian Air Force
    Age: 27
    Date of Death: 22/04/1943
    Service No: 405001
    Awards: Mentioned in Despatches
    Additional information: Son of William Gerrard Wyllie and Ellen Wyllie, of New Farm, Queensland, Australia.
     

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  16. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Phil, absolutely smashing. Thanks.
    D
     
  17. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    Hi Phil,

    Thank you for the photos. Two cemeteries down and now one to go.

    Only 19 remaining at Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery. This is where the five Aussies from "The Great Escape" are buried.

    Cheers

    Geoff
     
  18. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Without searching through all the names does anyone know who the 2 IWGC gardeners were?
    There are now 483 Commonwealth casualties of the Second World War buried or commemorated in Krakow Rakowicki Cemetery. There are also 24 non war graves, those of civilian internees (including two Imperial War Graves Commission gardeners) and 15 Polish war graves.
     
  19. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Geoof found them with his search engine.
    Those two are mentioned in my Poland thread.

    Name: HOLTON, CHARLES HENRY
    Initials: C H
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Civilian (Gardener)
    Regiment: Imperial War Graves Commission
    Age: 45
    Date of Death: 24/04/1941
    Casualty Type: Non-War (Staff)
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot 6 Row A Grave 13.
    Cemetery: KRAKOW RAKOWICKI CEMETERY

    Name: MELLER, WILLIAM ROBERT
    Initials: W R
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Civilian (Gardener)
    Regiment: Imperial War Graves Commission
    Age: 43
    Date of Death: 13/06/1942
    Casualty Type: Non-War (Staff)
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot 6 Row B Grave 4.
    Cemetery: KRAKOW RAKOWICKI CEMETERY
     
  20. ramacal

    ramacal 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

    I'm intrigued as to the detail found for each of the 2 men. When I looked at the names on CWGC, they only come up as Civilian. No mention I can see of IWGC, etc. Are they listed twice?
     

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