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Home - Remembrance & Memorials - Cemeteries in Europe - The Netherlands

Introduction

Jonkerbos is a wooded area, approximately 2 miles, from the centre of Nijmegen; the largest city in the Gelderland province. There are two military cemeteries in the area: Jonkerbos Military Cemetery and Dutch War Graves Cemetery.

Jonkerbos Military Cemetery

Cross of Sacrifice

Cross of Sacrifice in Jonkerbos Military Cemetery (Stephen Stratford 2007).

Nijmegen was a front line town from 17 September 1944 until February 1945. The cemetery, which was created by No. 3 Casualty Clearing station, is in a wooded area known as Jonkers Bosch, from which it took its name. Jonkerbos War Cemetery contains 1,629 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 99 of them unidentified, and 13 war graves of other nationalities.

graves on parade

Arrangement of graves in the Cemetery, in a curve around Stone of Remembrance - as if on parade (Stephen Stratford 2007).

Dutch War Graves Cemetery

Dutch Entrance

Entrance to the Dutch War Graves Cemetery (Stephen Stratford 2007).

In the back right-hand side of the civilian cemeteryis a plot, laid out in 1971, besides which flies the Dutch flag. The plot contains 48 headstones for Dutch victims of the Second World War. The last stone on the right of the back row is that of Jan van Hoof.

Military graves plot in the cemetery (Stephen Stratford 2007).

Jan van Hoof

In 1944 Jan van Hoof was a member of the Dutch Resistance. He became Nijmegen's best-known resistance worker and was credited with the saving of the Nijmegen road bridge from demolition by the German forces. On 19 September 1944 van Hoof appeared at the Sionshof Hotel with information about German positions in the area around the Nijmegen Road Bridge. Later that afternoon van Hoof accompanied a Scout Car of the Grenadier Guards through the centre of Nijmegen towards the rail bridge. The Scout Car was hit by German fire and Lance-Sergeant William Berry and Guardsman Albert Shaw were killed.

Jan van Hoof was captured by German forces and then executed at this spot; now marked by a plaque.

Plaque in Nijmegen marking the spot where Jan Van Hoof was executed (Stephen Stratford 2006).

 

Jan van Hoof (Stephen Stratford 2007).

Berry and Shaw are now buried in Jonkerbos Military Cemetery. However their grave stones have the wrong date: 21 instead of 19 September 1944.

Lance-Sergeant William Thomas Berry, Royal Engineers (Stephen Stratford 2007).

Guardsman Albert Shaw, 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards (Stephen Stratford 2007).

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