BERLIN SOUTH WESTERN CEMETERY

 

 

Brandenburg

 

 

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Victoria Cross Recipient

CHARLES ALLIX LAVINGTON YATE

Rank: Major, Date of Death: 20/09/1914, Age: 42, Regiment/Service: King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 2nd Bn. , Awards: V C, Grave Reference II. G. 8., Son of the Rev. George Edward Yate, Vicar of Madeley, Shropshire and Prebendary of Hereford; husband of Florence Helena. Served in the South African War.

Citation: An extract from "The London Gazette," No. 28985, dated 25th Nov., 1914, records the following:- Commanded one of the two Companies that remained to the end in the trenches at Le Cateau on 26th August, and, when all other officers were killed or wounded and ammunition exhausted, led his nineteen survivors against the enemy in a charge in which he was severely wounded. He was picked up by the enemy and has subsequently died as a prisoner of war

 

 

Location Information

 

Berlin is the capital city of Germany and lies in the north east of the country. The village of Stahnsdorf lies approx 22kms south west of Berlin and approx 14kms to the east of Potsdam.

From the A115 motorway take exit 6 (Ausfahrt 6) POTSDAM ZENTRUM / TELTOW.
Follow the signs for TELTOW / STAHNSDORF, and continue for approx 3kms to the village of Stahnsdorf.
Approx 300m after entering the village turn left onto the BAHNHOFSTRASSE.
Continue for approx 500m and the main entrance to the civilian cemetery (Sudwestfriedhof Stahnsdorf) is on the left.

Berlin South-Western Cemetery is approx 1.6kms from the main entrance (20 minutes walk) following the signs for ZUR KAPPELLE. Go past the wooden church on your right and follow the CWGC signpost. The cemetery can be found on the right.

The cemetery address is:-

Sudwestfriedhof
Bahnhofstrasse, 2,
14532 Stahnsdorf
Germany

GPS Co-ordinates: N 52 23 01  E 13 10 32


Visiting Information

visiting hours
1 April - 30 September - 7 to 20 hrs
1 - 31 October - 7 to 18 hrs
1 November - 28 February - 8 to 17 hrs
1 to 31 March - 7 to 18 hrs


Wheelchair access possible via main entrance. For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our Enquiries Section on telephone number 01628 507200.



Historical Information

In 1922-23 it was decided that the graves of Commonwealth servicemen who had died all over Germany should be brought together into four permanent cemeteries. Berlin South-Western was one of those chosen and in 1924-25, graves were brought into the cemetery from 146 burial grounds in eastern Germany.

There are now 1,176 First World War servicemen buried or commemorated in the Commonwealth plot at Berlin South-Western Cemetery. The total includes special memorials to a number of casualties buried in other cemeteries in Germany whose graves could not be found.

The following cemeteries are among those from which graves were brought to Berlin South-Western Cemetery:-



ALTDAMM PRISONERS OF WAR CEMETERY, 8 kilometres East of Stettin, in the Province of Pommern (Pomerania), contained the graves of 46 soldiers from the United Kingdom, three from Newfoundland and two from Canada, who died in 1915-1918.


BUDEROSE PRISONERS OF WAR CEMETERY, near Guben, in the Province of Brandenburg, contained the graves of 18 soldiers from the United Kingdom, one from Canada and one from Australia, all of whom died in 1918.


CROSSEN PRISONERS OF WAR CEMETERY, 3 kilometres East of Crossen, on the river Oder, in the Province of Brandenburg, contained the graves of 66 sailors and soldiers from the United Kingdom, one from Australia and one from South Africa all of whom died in 1918.


DOBERITZ PRISONERS OF WAR CEMETERY, about 19 kilometres West of Berlin, in the Province of Brandenburg, contained the graves of 38 sailors and soldiers from the United Kingdom who died in 1914-1918.


HASENHEIDE GARRISON CEMETERY, on the South side of the city of Berlin, contained the graves of 369 Russian, 125 French, and 58 Belgian, American, Italian, Rumanian, Portuguese or Serbian soldiers; 63 sailors, soldiers and Marines from the United Kingdom; and one Indian soldier.


HEILSBERG PRISONERS OF WAR CEMETERY, in Ostpreussen (East Prussia), contained the graves of 50 soldiers and one Marine from the United Kingdom, who died in 1917 and 1918. Only twelve of which were found when the graves were being recovered; the remainder are still buried at Heilsberg.


KLEIN WITTENBERG OLD CEMETERY, 3 kilometres West of Wittenberg, in the Prussian province of Saxony, contained the graves of 23 soldiers, one Marine and eight civilians from the United Kingdom and one soldier from India, all of whom died in 1915; the NEW (or PRISONERS OF WAR) CEMETERY, those of 71 soldiers and three civilians from the United Kingdom, two soldiers from Canada and one from Australia, who died in 1915, 1917 and 1918; and WITTENBERG OLD SMALL CEMETERY those of two soldiers from the United Kingdom who died in 1914 and 1915. The first and third of these cemeteries are associated with the outbreak of typhus at the Wittenberg camp in December 1914.


LAMSDORF PRISONERS OF WAR CEMETERY, in Schlesien (Silesia), contained the graves of 81 soldiers from the United Kingdom, one from Australia and one from New Zealand, who died in 1917-1919 (it was used for French burials in 1870-71).


MAGDEBURG MILITARY CEMETERY, in Prussian Saxony, contained the graves of 24 soldiers and one Marine from the United Kingdom who died in 1915-1918.


MERSEBURG TOWN CEMETERY, in Prussian Saxony, contained the graves of 12 soldiers from the United Kingdom who died in 1914-1917, and the PRISONERS OF WAR CEMETERY those of 33 soldiers from the United Kingdom who died in 1917-1918.


OPPELN TOWN CEMETERY, in Upper Silesia, contained the graves of 41 soldiers from the United Kingdom who died in 1921-22. They belonged to the British force stationed in Upper Silesia during the Plebiscite. Thirty of them, who died after the legal termination of the war, were left buried at Oppeln. SCHNEIDEMUHL PRISONERS OF WAR CEMETERY, in Posen, West Prussia, on the borders of Poland, contained the graves of 76 soldiers from the United Kingdom, five from Australia, three of the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry, and one from Canada, who died in 1915-1918. Eighteen of the graves could not be recovered.


STARGARD PRISONERS OF WAR CEMETERY, in Pomerania, contained the graves of 37 soldiers and one Marine from the United Kingdom, two soldiers from New Zealand and one of the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry, who died in 1917-1918.


STENDAL PRISONERS OF WAR CEMETERY, in Prussian Saxony, contained the graves of 140 soldiers from the United Kingdom, two from Canada and one from Newfoundland, who died in 1917-1918.


ZERBST (HEIDETOR) CEMETERY, in Anhalt, contained the graves of two soldiers from the United Kingdom who died in 1914-1915, and the PRISONERS OF WAR CEMETERY those of 45, who died in 1917-1918.
 

7630 Guardsman

 Henry Balderstone
2nd Bn. Coldstream Guards
Died as a Prisoner of War

17th August 1915.

Plot IX. A. 8.

 

Son of Mrs. Cecily Balderstone, of 29, Stanley St., Colne, Lancs.

 

 

3260 Private

 John Cassidy
 1st Bn. Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
Died as a Prisoner of War

 16th February 1915, aged 40.

Plot XIX. D. 1.

 

Son of Jim Cassidy, of Liverpool; husband of Margaret Arm Cassidy, of 2, Charlotte St., Burnley.

 

 

 

58764 Private

 Harold Cocker
17th Liverpool Regiment
22nd March 1918, aged 26.

Plot I. D. 1.

 

Husband of Mrs. L. G. Cocker, of 115, Cog Lane, Burnley.

 

 

55023 Lance/Corporal

 William Baldwin Dixon
17th Bn. Manchester Regiment
Died 11th July 1918 of Pneumonia

 in a German Hospital, aged 27.

Plot I. E. 4.

 

Son of James and Jane Dixon.

 

 

 

30036 Private

Joseph Ferguson

1st Bn. East Yorkshire Regiment.

16th June 1918.

Plot VI. A. 10.

 

Picture courtesy of Angela Brown, Great niece of this soldier.

 

 

40123 Private

 Daniel Flynn
11th Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers
Died of Wounds 1st May 1918 in Stendale Hospital Germany,

aged 30.

Plot I. F. 10.


Lived at 8 Hill Top Passage, Burnley, Lancashire.

 

 

 

25418 Private

 Edward James Jordan
8th Bn. Border Regiment
Died as a Prisoner of War

8th November 1918, aged 27.

Plot II. E. 3.

 

Son of Edward and Chartlotte Jordan; husband of Annie Jordan, of 54, Milton St. Burnley.

 

 

 

 

202703 Private

Francis Meshack Jowett
1/4th Bn. Alexandria (Prince of Wales own) Yorkshire Regiment
Died as a Prisoner of War

 28th October 1918.

Plot XVI. B. 2.


Lived on Mosley Street, Burnley, Lancashire

 

3336 Private

Henry Ryan
 2nd Bn. East Lancashire Regiment
Died as a Prisoner of War

19th September 1918.

Plot X. D. 11.


Lived at Lower Dam Fields, Cliviger, Burnley Lancashire.

Husband of Mrs. E. A. Hollings (formerly Ryan), of 15, Longfield Terrace, Cliviger, Burnley, Lancashire.

 

 

 

6742 Private

 Charles Smith
1st Bn. East Lancashire Regiment
Murdered by his German Captors

 30th July 1918, aged 33.

Plot V. F. 9.

 

Brother of Miss E. Smith, of 27, Richard St., Fulledge, Burnley, Lancashire.
 

 

6858 Private

Albert Edward Wickes

1st Bn. Royal Scots Fusiliers

14th March 1915, aged 35.

Plot XIX. D. 12.

 

Husband of Ruth Wickes, of 25, Carlton St., Brierfield, Burnley.

 

 

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