SOLDIER SEARCH

Are you looking for a soldier buried in The Netherlands?

Find all details here: https://www.cwgc.org/find/find-cemeteries-and-memorials

You can search by cemetery or by name.

Will you help us to realise the Digital Monument, please contact us if you have any information/photo for:
Bergen op Zoom: info@stichtingbbw.nl
Groesbeek: info@facestograves.nl
Holten (+other cemeteries): info@canadesebegraafplaatsholten.nl




FACES TO GRAVES: A CHALLENGE

We are searching for photos and information about the soldiers who are buried at the Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery in The Netherlands.
Initiated by a lady who is not afraid to try the impossible…
This may be your first thought when you realize that there are 2590 names on the headstones and 1029 names of missing soldiers on the Memorial Wall.
And not to forget the headstones of unidentified casualties with only the words: ‘Known unto God’.

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM

We have to pay tribute to those young soldiers who lost their lives so far away from home fighting for our freedom.
Especially now most of their comrades are not able to do this any longer.
We would like to recognize every single one of them by a photo and the story of his life, so they will never be forgotten.






FACES TO CANADIAN WAR GRAVES
GROESBEEK FOUNDATION

Set up by three members of the Royal Canadian Legion, Dutch Branch 005 – Liberation of The Netherlands –

We need your help to build a virtual memorial.


Ask around and encourage people to send photo’s, copies of documents, newspaper cuttings and stories of their family members, friends, neighbours etc.

ALL DOCUMENTATION IS
MOST WELCOME.

Please send us your information by mail or email

 

ONLINE DONEREN




WO2 Gelderland





Faces To Graves Groesbeek, Holten and Bergen op Zoom combine efforts in the National Foundation Canadian War Graves Netherlands.

FOUNDATION


Committee of Recommendation:

-Gerd Prick – former Mayor of Groesbeek.
-Mark Slinkman – Mayor of Berg en Dal
-Paul Wilbers – former Mayor of Ubbergen, Chairman of the Board of the National Liberation Museum 1944-1945

Committee:
-Alice E. van Bekkum-van 't Verlaat, president / Research Team.. Read more.
-Dick Akerboom, vice-president. Read more.
-Adriaan R. van der Pol, MBA,
treasurer / secretary. Read more.
-Wim Poppenk, member of the Board / Research Team. Read more.

Counsellors:
-Mr. Jan C.K. van Loo LL.M.
-Jelle Reitsma, Brigadier General (ret.) Royal Netherlands Army. Read more.

Email: info@facestograves.nl

Facebook facebook.com/facestograves 

Postal address:
Sprokkelveld 68B
6596DM-Milsbeek
The Netherlands

KvK: 63388812
IBAN: NL78 ABNA 0592 2443 93







LIFE STORIES

What you don’t see on our website is the research that is done by our Research Team. That’s why you can find an overview of their activities here, maybe you have additional information about one of the soldiers they research?

Behind the scenes, hard work is being done on the realization of this huge project. Not only by the volunteers of the Research Team, but also by the board members of the foundation. 

Through the heart-warming reactions of relatives in Canada we get inspiration to continue. They sometimes even send us complete life stories!

But we also get life stories from High Schools (Lest We Forget), individuals and organizations. These contributions are very valuable and are greatly appreciated; every contribution means that another soldier has been removed from anonymity.

Do you have a photo or information about a soldier buried in Groesbeek or whose name is mentioned on the Memorial because he is missing, please contact us:  

info@facestograves.nl







We keep their memory
alive by telling their
stories

SELECTION OF LIFE STORIES

Here you’ll find a small, random selection of life story’s as an example of what we have in our archive. Click on the name to open the life story.


BARBARO Antonio


BEHIE Frederick


BRYKSA Steve


CAMERON Alexander Douglas


CAMPBELL Frederick William


COSLETT-THOMAS Oscar Donald


ELCHUK Alex


HOOVER James Earl


LOUGHNAN David Stephen Herbert


McCLEAN Delmar James Robert


MUNRO Edward John


PARKER Wilson Loggie


SANDS James Prentiss


WHARTON Cecil Stanley





ROLL OF HONOUR

We are creating a virtual memorial based on a database with the personal life stories and photos of the military buried at Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery or listed on the Groesbeek Memorial. It may take some time before this Roll of Honour is available on this website, we ask for your understanding.


Please help us to build this virtual memorial


Cemetery sign

CONTACT

Without your help we cannot realize the roll of honour on this website.

Contact us if you have information about one of the military men buried at the Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery and men named on the Groesbeek Memorial.

info@facestograves.nl

 

 

 

 






NEWSLETTER

To read the latest newsletter (2019 no7), click here (adobe PDF).

Older newsletters:
-2018 no6: click here (adobe PDF).
-2018 no5: click here (adobe PDF).
-2017 no4: click here (adobe PDF)
-2017 no3: click here (adobe PDF)
-2016 no2: click here (adobe PDF)
-2016 no1: click here (adobe PDF)

RADIO

Listen to items about Faces To Graves. Click on the link to listen an item.

Interview Faces To Graves: 24 March 2019 Radio Berg en Dal, program ‘Then and Now’ Note: 134mb | In Dutch


NEWSPAPERS

To open the newspaper articles, click on the thumbnails.
Award Alice van Bekkum
Legion Magazine november 2018

De Gelderlander 22-05-2019

190522 De Gelderlander Canisius College

De Gelderlander 30-03-2019

De Gelderlander 30-03-2019

Legion Magazine november 2018

Legion Magazine november 2018

De Brug 26-09-2018

De Brug 26-09-2018

BN-De Stem 24-05-2018

Artikel 22

De Gelderlander 22-11-2017

Artikel 21

De Rozet 14-11-2017

Artikel 20


Ottawa Citizen 11-11-2017

Ottawa Citizen

NRZ Emmerich 19-09-2017

Artikel 10

De Gelderlander 16-09-2017

Artikel 10

De Gelderlander 03-01-2017

Artikel 7

The Telegraphjournal 05-11-2016

Artikel 3


AD 16-09-2017

AD



NRZ Kleve 19-09-2017

Artikel 9

De Telegraaf 16-09-2017

Artikel 9

The Daily Gleaner 01-06-2015
Artikel 6


De Rozet 12-05-2015
Artikel 4

Gazet Bergen op Zoom 28-10-2015

Artikel 1

De Gelderlander 18-09-2017

Gelderlander
Watch movie


Groesbeeks Weekblad 05-05-2015

Artikel 8

The Daily Gleaner 15-01-2015
Artikel 5



De Gelderlander 08-05-2015

Artikel 2




VIDEOS


Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery: https://youtu.be/ndbwUtDEmbo      

Interview Veteran Affairs: https://youtu.be/ZeFl_8rkZjg

Pilot Officer Frederick William Campbell: https://youtu.be/exEJBgngcog

Wish of a Lifetime: https://youtu.be/BgXkld9BUIA

How I experienced visit Harriet Jeneraux: https://youtu.be/sGja5pd8KYA

Interview about foundation Faces To Graves: https://youtu.be/gZ57CS6Oa_o

Interview TV Berg en Dal: https://youtu.be/A9sY6FAgMCI

Nijmegen Marches, National TV interview Faces To Graves: https://youtu.be/_PfXzjwBM90



CALENDER


1) Memorial service Groesbeek by the Canadian military delegation on Monday 15 July at 10 a.m. at the Canadian cemetery in Groesbeek. Visitors are requested to be present before 9.45 am.

2) Make a note in your agenda from 2 to 16 May 2020. Event called "Faces of Groesbeek", photos will be placed at the graves of which Faces To Graves already has a photo. Opening ceremony in the afternoon of 2 May.



WE MAINTAIN CLOSE CONTACTS WITH:

Royal Canadian Legion – Branch 005 –Liberation of The Netherlands:
http://www.rcl005.nl/

Stichting Groesbeek Airborne Friends:
http://www.groesbeekairbornevrienden.nl/lang/en-us

The Association of the 8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise’s):
http://www.8chassociation.com/Museum.html

The Roll Call of Honour –To honour ALL that served Canada
http://www.honourthem.ca/

Gathering Our Heroes – Chatham-Kent WWI and WWII enlistments
http://www.gatheringourheroes.ca/

Powell River's Unsung Heros Of World War II
http://pruhoww2.weebly.com/

History of the village Groesbeek:
http://www.geschiedenisgroesbeek.nl/ereveld.htm

Stichting Tremele:
http://www.tremele.nl/Oorlog/wo2/00nedindex/nindex.htm

War dead nijmegen 1940-1945:
http://www.oorlogsdodennijmegen.nl/

The Arnhem Roll of Honour database:
http://www.marketgarden.com/database/index.php?database=1

For information about Apeldoorn and the Second World War:
https://www.apeldoornendeoorlog.nl/english/