29 March 2017

Rededication Ceremony - Germany

Rededication ceremony for Private George Henry Thompson, Green Howards – Wittenburg Cemetery, Germany

 

There will be a rededication service at Wittenburg Cemetery, Germany on 21 April 2017.

 

The ceremony is being held to recognise that, following the presentation of research supported by evidence, it is now known that Private Thompson is buried somewhere within Wittenburg Cemetery, although the exact location is not known. A CWGC “Special Memorial” headstone is to be rededicated to his memory on 21 April 2017.

 

Private Thompson was captured by German troops in May 1940 and was sent to the Prisoner of War camp, Stalag XXA, located in Torun, Poland. He spent the rest of the war as a prisoner, until the final stages when the Germans forced tens of thousands of Allied POWs to march away from the approaching Russians in extreme winter weather. Private Thompson died on 3 March 1945 on this march from dysentery. He was buried by his fellow POWs in a small civilian cemetery in Wittenburg, Germany.

 

The service has been organised by the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre and will be attended by British Defence staff, regimental representatives and local dignitaries.

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