Remembrance

Remembering The British Forces Germany Community

Memorial services are taking place at a cemetery that once served a British Forces Germany community...

Memorial services are taking place at a cemetery that once served a British Forces Germany community.

The graveyard is all that remains of JHQ Rhiendahlen, which closed four years ago.

None of the people buried in the Rheindahlen Military Cemetery died in battle. They belonged to a British forces community that had been there for six decades until 2013.

Now, the local Royal Engineers Association is organising memorial services for relatives. 

The man who came up with the idea is former sapper Tam Pearce. He told Forces Network:

"Those left behind - they need to grieve and we can help them come here and not forget their families that didn't die in a war but died in normal civilian situations supporting the soldiers who were here."

Many relatives couldn't easily travel to Germany but through social media, they can now see pictures of graves.

The Rheindahlen Military Cemetery contains nearly 2,000 headstones, with a surprising number belonging to children.

The next memorial services are expected to take place in May.

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