May 22, 2023. After a successful exhibition where photos were placed at more than 1,600 graves at the Canadian War Cemetery in Groesbeek for three weeks in 2021 to commemorate the Anniversary of the Liberation of The Netherlands, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, which oversees the cemetery, gave permission for photos to be placed by the graves every two years.
…The Faces Of Groesbeek Exhibition 2023 included almost 2,000 photos…
This year, The Faces Of Groesbeek Exhibition ran from April 30 to May 21, 2023, with almost 2,000 photos, just over 350 more than 2 years ago! All photos submitted by families and volunteer researchers were printed onto an aluminum backing, making them impervious to rain, and reusable.
The many volunteers from Faces To Graves Foundation Groesbeek, of which Alice van Bekkum is the Chair, worked tirelessly to make the exhibition possible. They also organized the Liberation Day commemoration events.
Pieter has been involved in finding photos of Canadians who are buried in all three Canadian War Cemeteries in The Netherlands since 2014, with many of their stories told on this blog.
In 2021, following an interview on CTV Atlantic’s Live At 5 about the search for photos of WW2 soldiers buried in The Netherlands, the response led to an 11 part series on the blog called Atlantic Canada Remembers. (See https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/dutch-canadian-man-on-a-mission-to-tell-stories-of-lost-soldiers-1.5266404)
…6 Soldiers From New Brunswick Commemorated…
In Part 1, graves and photos of soldiers from Prince Edward Island were featured. Part 2 featured Indigenous soldiers. Part 3 featured soldiers from Nova Scotia, whose stories were told in the Atlantic Canada Remembers series from 2021. In Part 4, soldiers from New Brunswick, whose stories were told in the Atlantic Canada Remembers series from 2021, are featured.
Gilles LANTEIGNE, of Caraquet, New Brunswick, was serving with Le Regiment de Maisonneuve in Germany, when he died of severe wounds on March 9, 1945, just a few weeks before his 21st birthday. You can read his story at https://onthewarmemorialtrail.com/2021/07/11/on-the-war-memorial-trail-atlantic-canada-remembers-part-10/
Francis ‘Frank’ Lewis LIBBY, of Milltown, New Brunswick, was serving with the Calgary Highlanders when he was killed along the Dutch-German border on January 5, 1945, at the age of 26. You can read his story at https://onthewarmemorialtrail.com/2021/02/22/on-the-war-memorial-trail-atlantic-canada-remembers-part-7/
Hiram Albion LORD, of Lords Cove, Deer Island, New Brunswick, was serving with the North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment when he lost his life on January 8, 1945 near Nijmegen, The Netherlands, at the age of 20. You can read his story at https://onthewarmemorialtrail.com/2021/02/22/on-the-war-memorial-trail-atlantic-canada-remembers-part-7/
Elbridge Wellington MILLER, of Deerville, New Brunswick, was serving with the North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment when he was killed on February 26, 1945 during the Battle of Keppeln in Germany, at the age of 33. You can read his story at https://onthewarmemorialtrail.com/2021/04/15/on-the-war-memorial-trail-atlantic-canada-remembers-part-9/
Alphonse ROBERT, of Caraquet, New Brunswick, was serving with the Les Fusiliers Mont-Royal when he was killed on March 30, 1945 during an attack on Gendringen, The Netherlands, near the German border, at the age of 21. You can read his story at https://onthewarmemorialtrail.com/2021/04/15/on-the-war-memorial-trail-atlantic-canada-remembers-part-9/ and https://bordencarletonresearchproject.wordpress.com/2021/10/12/on-the-war-memorial-trail-an-update-on-the-story-of-ww2-soldier-alphonse-robert/
William Francis STEWART, of Claire Fontaine, New Brunswick, was serving with the North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment when he lost his life in an accident Amersfoort, The Netherlands on July 8, 1945. You can read his story at https://onthewarmemorialtrail.com/2021/01/07/on-the-war-memorial-trail-atlantic-canada-remembers-part-1/
Thank you to Alice van Bekkum and Ad Scheepers for sending these photos. In Part 5, graves and photos of soldiers killed in Bienen will be featured.
If you have a photo of a soldier buried at the Canadian War Cemetery in Groesbeek or one of the other cemeteries in The Netherlands, Pieter encourages you to email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, comment on the blog, or tweet to @researchmemori1.
…Previous postings about The Faces Of Groesbeek Exhibition at the Canadian War Cemetery in Groesbeek…
- Ralph Schurman BOULTER, George ‘Ivan’ MACKINNON, Bernard ‘Barney’ Reuben MCGUIGAN, John ‘Clifford’ ROGERS, Edison Alexander SMITH: https://onthewarmemorialtrail.com/2023/05/16/on-the-war-memorial-trail-the-faces-of-groesbeek-exhibition-part-1-the-soldiers-from-prince-edward-island/
- William ‘Willie’ Alfred CANNON, Joseph ‘Joe’ Edmund HENNEBERY, Alfred Louis PITAWANAKWAT (PITWANAKWAT), George Preston SMITH, Eli SNAKE, Clarence Wilfred WAKEGIJIG, William WEATHERBIE: https://onthewarmemorialtrail.com/2021/05/05/commemorating-liberation-day-at-the-canadian-war-cemetery-in-groesbeek/
- Thomas Beresford BIG CANOE: https://onthewarmemorialtrail.com/2021/05/10/the-photo-tribute-at-the-canadian-war-cemetery-in-groesbeek/
- Tom CHASKE, Maxwell Warren KING, John ‘Jack’ Richard MARACLE, George TAYLOR: https://onthewarmemorialtrail.com/2023/05/18/on-the-war-memorial-trail-the-faces-of-groesbeek-exhibition-part-2-indigenous-soldiers/
- Gerald Burnell COOLEN, Percy Clayton CROMWELL, Harry William DOUCETTE, Arnold Freeman HUPMAN, Robert Alan NICKERSON, Burgess Allison PORTER, Stanley SPRAY, Benjamin James WITHERALL: https://onthewarmemorialtrail.com/2023/05/20/on-the-war-memorial-trail-the-faces-of-groesbeek-exhibition-part-3-atlantic-canada-remembers-soldiers-from-nova-scotia/
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