Private Verdun JAMES 1918 - 1944 Bream R I P (General)

by slowhands, proud of his ancient Dean Forest roots, Thursday, May 03, 2012, 10:47 (2184 days ago) @ terry2424


At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Name: Verdun James
Mother's Maiden Surname: Meek
Date of Registration: Oct-Nov-Dec 1918
Registration district: Monmouth
Inferred County: Glamorganshire
Volume Number: 11a
Page Number: 29

Year: 1919
Month: Jan
Day: 7
Parents_Surname: JAMES
Child_Forenames: Verdun
Fathers_Forenames: Charles Frederick
Mothers_Forenames: Sarah Jane
Residence: Bream's Eaves
Occupation: Collier
Officiating_Minister: G W Leonard Cass
Event: Baptism
Notes: Born 22 Nov 1918
Register_Reference: P57 IN 1/6
Page_Number: 82
Parish_Chapel: Bream

Name: Verdun James
Given Initials: V
Rank: Private
Death Date: 15 Jul 1944
Number: 5185838
Birth Place: Gloucestershire
Residence: Gloucestershire
Branch at Enlistment: Infantry
Theatre of War: France and Belgium Campaign, 1939/40
Regiment at Death: Gloucestershire Regiment
Branch at Death: Infantry

Service No:5185838
Date of Death:15/07/1944
Regiment/Service:Gloucestershire Regiment
5th Bn.
Grave Reference2A. C. 1.
Additional Information:

One of my fellow volunteers has photographed the grave

The cemetery address is:-

Cmentarz (Cemetery) Rakowicki
Ulica Jana Prandoty
31-519 Kraków

GPS Location is:-
N 50 04 43
E 19 57 19

Historical Information
At the end of the Second World War, the graves service of the British Army of the Rhine gathered together Commonwealth graves from all over Poland into three cemeteries, this being the largest.

Those buried here died while prisoners of war during the German occupation, most of the graves coming from the cemetery at the large camp at Lamsdorf, Stalag VIIIB (after 1943 known as Stalag 344), where there was a hospital of 450 beds used only for Commonwealth prisoners. Before this hospital came into being the sick at Lamsdorf were treated at the hospital at Langenbielau: those who died were buried in Langenbielau Catholic Cemetery, and these graves were also moved to the Commonwealth plot at Krakow. Other graves brought into the cemetery were those of airmen who lost their lives during the Warsaw supply drop and the bombing of factories, railways and other strategic objectives. Some of these airmen were originally buried in Warsaw.

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.

It might be worth contacting :=

Army Personnel Centre
HQ Secretariat
Historical Disclosures
Mail Point 400
Kentigern House
65 Brown Street
Glasgow G2 8EX
Scotland, UK
+44 141 224 2744

You will require to fill in a 'Request for Service Details' form and, for some enquiries, a request for a fee (currently £25) for the search will be made.

Last time I used the service there was a 6 month backlog , but it was worth the wait :-)

Out of interest was he called Verdun because a family member fought or fell in WW1 ?

Ἀριστοτέλης A Gloster Boy in the Forest of Dean ><((((*>

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