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Cannock Chase


Commonwealth War Graves 
Commission Cemetery,
Cannock Chase.
Staffordshire.

Part of the CWGC Cemetery at Cannock Chase in Staffordshire.
The majority of the Allied soldiers were New Zealanders, based at local training camps, there are also about 286 German soldier's graves, they were interned locally during WW1.
   A great number died in 1918 and 1919 from the Spanish flu pandemic.
 



German Military Cemetery.
Cannock Chase.



Zeppelin Crews memorial.
The stone reads--

"SIDE BY SIDE WITH THEIR COMRADES, THE CREWS OF FOUR 
ZEPPELINS SHOT DOWN OVER ENGLAND DURING THE FIRST WORLD
WAR, HERE FOUND THEIR ETERNAL RESTING PLACE. THE FALLEN WERE
BROUGHT HERE FROM THEIR ORIGINAL BURIAL PLACES AT
POTTERS BAR, GREAT BURSTEAD AND THEBERTON. THE MEMBERS 
OF EACH CREW ARE BURIED IN CASKETS IN ONE GRAVE."

"The Cannock Chase German war cemetery  is on Cannock Chase, Staffordshire.

On 16 October 1959 the governments of the United Kingdom and the Federal Republic of Germany made an agreement about the future care of the remains of German military personnel and German civilian internees of both World Wars who at the time were interred in various cemeteries not already maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.   It was agreed that the remains would be transferred to a single central cemetery established on Cannock Chase for this purpose.

Carved plinth at cemetery entrance, 2009

The German War Graves Commission (Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge) made the necessary arrangements and the inauguration and dedication of this cemetery - which is maintained under the inter-government agreement by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission - took place in June 1967. It contains nearly 5,000 German and Austrian graves. There is a small separate section for the crews of the four airships (SL 11, L32, L31, L48) shot down in World War I."

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