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

 

 


 

 














CANADIAN WAR GRAVES NETHERLANDS


The Foundation Faces To Graves is part of the umbrella organization Foundation Canadian WarGraves.NL. The foundations for the three Canadian war cemeteries in the Netherlands are represented here: Bergen op Zoom, Groesbeek and Holten. In the (future) database of Canadian WarGraves.NL the personal details of all Canadian soldiers buried in the Netherlands and the missing who are mentioned on the Groesbeek Memorial will be recorded.


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



Participant Foundation Canadian War Graves Netherlands

Participant WO2 Gelderland








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.


ANDRE Albert Guy


BARBARO Antonio


CLOUATRE Maurice


DARWIN John Joseph


GROULX Arthur

HODGSON Samuel Newton


HOOVER James Earl


JAGOE Donald


KIPPEN Duncan Ray


McHUGH Maurice


MORRIS Kenneth Allen

STEIN William


STRANG James








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 newletter (2018 n06), click here (adobe PDF).

Older newsletters:
-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)


NEWSPAPERS

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

Legion Magazine november 2018

Legion Magazine november 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



Agenda


-Wednesday 23 May, 2018 Set up new Foundation CanadianWarGraves.NL in Bergen op Zoom.

Nijmegen Four Days Marches:
-Monday 16 July, 2018 Starts 10 am - 11.30 Commemoration by the Canadian participating soldiers and guests at the Canadian War Cemetery in Groesbeek. Komt in de plaats van de traditionele herdenking op 3e dag van de Vierdaagse!

-Monday 16 July, 2018 At sunset participation by a part of the Canadian detachment on the Sunset March. Information: www.sunsetmarch.nl/waaloversteek

-Sunday 11 November, 2018 10.30 till 11.30 a.m. remembrance service by Canadian military stationed in Germany.

-Monday 24 December, 2018 Christmas Eve Candles on the Canadian Cemetery, 16.00 till 17.00 p.m..



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/