Municipal Cemetery Hellendoorn

The beautifully landscaped and well maintained Municipal Cemetery in Hellendoorn contains several dozen interesting war graves from the Second World War.

Commonwealth war graves
In this cemetery are 15 Commonwealth war graves, these are all airmen who died in the region. A special grave is the grave of Gladys Elliott, wife of F/Lt Alec Elliott, one of the airmen buried here. Her ashes were buried alongside her husband.

Dutch war graves
The cemetery contains ten Dutch war graves from the Second World War. Of these, nine resistance fighters and a grave of a soldier who was killed on May 10, 1940 during the defense of the IJssellinie at Rheden.

Graves civilian casualties
Outside the military war graves and graves of resistance fighters there are also three graves of civilians who were killed during a mistake bombing raid of the US Air Force.

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Source

  • Text: Paul Moerenhout
  • Photos: TracesOfWar.com