Not Forgotten – West Country



Map key: Cemetery: Town:
1 Warmwell Holy Trinity Churchyard Warmwell
2 Ford Park Cemetery Plymouth
3 Plymouth (Weston Mill) Cemetery Plymouth
4 Helston Cemetery Helston
5 St. Illogan Churchyard Illogan
6 St. Augustine Churchyard Heanton Punchardon
7 Berrynarbor (St. Peter Churchyard) Berrynarbor
8 St Mary Magdalen and Bishop’s Hull Cemetery Taunton
9 Bath (Haycombe Cemetery) Bath
10 Lansdown Burial ground Bath


Dorset

1 – Warmwell Holy Trinity Churchyard, Warmwell, Dorchester.

There are 22 Commonwealth burials of the 1939-45 war, 2 of which are unidentified. In addition there is 1 Polish airman, 1 Czechoslovak and also 1 Non World War burial here.

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HLAVÁČ Jaroslav, 26, Sgt, 56 Sqn, Pilot.


* 11/09/14, Petřvald, Karviná.

† 10/10/40, Wareham, UK.

Shot down during the Battle of Britain by Me 109 over Wareham, Dorset, his Hurricane P3421 crashed at Manor Farm, Worgnet, Dorset.

Grave ref: South part.

A symbolic urn no 88, was returned to Ostrava Hrabyně 1945.

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Location Information:

Address: Warmwell Holy Trinity Churchyard, Warmwell, Dorchester.
GPS Location: 50°40’16” N 2°21’4″ W
Map Location: View

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Devon

2 – Ford Park Cemetery [formerly Plymouth Old Cemetery], Plymouth.

During the First World War, Plymouth, Devonport and Stonehouse contained between them the Royal Dockyard, Royal Naval Barracks (known as H.M.S. Vivid), the Royal Marine Barracks of the Plymouth Division, and naval and military hospitals. For the duration of the war, Devonport was made headquarters of the Auxiliary Patrol Area.

Plymouth was a naval station second only to Portsmouth during the Second World War. Devonport was also an important military station and there was a R.A.F station at Mount Batten, opposite Plymouth.

Ford Park Cemetery (formerly known as Pennycomequick or Plymouth Old Cemetery) contains 752 burials of the First World War, more than 200 of them in a naval plot, the rest scattered throughout the cemetery. All of the 198 Second World War burials are scattered, 1 of which is an unidentified airman of the Royal Air Force. There are a further 4 Foreign National and 1 non world war service burials here.

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PAVLÁT Josef, 27, LAC, 312 Sqn, Flight Mechanic A.


* 27/11/14, Velké Karlovice, Vsetín.

† 03/09/42, Plymouth, Devon.

Died in hospital following illness.

Grave ref: Gen. Sec. L. Row 11. Grave 36

A symbolic urn no 141, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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Location Information:

Address: Ford Park Cemetery [formerly Plymouth Old Cemetery], Foord Park Road, Plymouth.
GPS Location: 50°22’59” N 4°8’36” W
Map Location: View

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3 – Weston Mill Cemetery, Plymouth.

During the First World War, Plymouth, Devonport and Stonehouse contained between them the Royal Dockyard, Royal Naval Barracks (known as H.M.S. Vivid), the Royal Marine Barracks of the Plymouth Division, and naval and military hospitals. For the duration of the war, Devonport was made headquarters of the Auxiliary Patrol Area.

Plymouth was a naval station second only to Portsmouth during the Second World War. Devonport was also an important military station and there was a R.A.F station at Mount Batten, opposite Plymouth.

Plymouth (Weston Mill) Cemetery contains 398 burials of the First World War, 1 being unidentified. Approximately half are in the naval and military war graves plots north-east of the chapel, the rest are scattered. The total includes special memorials to two casaulties buried in Stoke Damerel Church Cemetery whose graves could no longer be maintained.

Second World War burials in the cemetery number 556, 11 of which are unidentified. Of these, 111 of the earlier graves filled the existing naval and military plots. A further plot was then set aside for service graves and 317 of the burials were made there. The rest of the war graves are scattered. The cemetery also contains 14 non-war service burials and 36 war graves of other nationalities, 25 of them Polish. The 8 Czechoslovak airmen interred here are in in two separate locations within the cemetery.

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ČAPEK Václav, 28, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner.


* 28/12/15, Pamětice, Písek.

† 13/07/44, near Bold Head airfield, Devon.

In fog, Liberator BZ717 crashed into hill returning from a submarine patrol in the western approach to the English Channel.

Grave ref: Sec. C, R.C. Plot. Grave 18422

A symbolic urn no. 102 was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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DŘEVĚNÝ Pavel, 28, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Air Gunner.


* 08/02/16, Dolní Bojanovice, Hodonín.

† 13/07/44, near Bold Head airfield, Devon.

In fog, Liberator BZ717 crashed into hill returning from a submarine patrol in the western approach to the English Channel.

Grave ref: Sec. C, R.C. Plot. Grave 18421

A symbolic urn was returned to Hodonín 1945.

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FILIP Ján, 25, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner.


* 18/07/18, Lučatín, Banská Bystrica.

† 13/07/44, near Bold Head airfield, Devon.

In fog, Liberator BZ717 crashed into hill returning from a submarine patrol in the western approach to the English Channel.

Grave ref: Sec. C, R.C. Plot. Grave 18439

A symbolic urn was returned to Slovakia 1945.

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HORNUNG Jan, 24, F/Sgt, 311 Sqn, Navigator.


* 08/10/19, Moravská Ostrava.

† 13/07/44, near Bold Head airfield, Devon.

In fog, Liberator BZ717 crashed into hill returning from a submarine patrol in the western approach to the English Channel.

Grave ref: Sec. C, R.C. Plot. Grave 18064

A symbolic urn was returned to Ostrava Hrabyně 1945.

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KOŠEK Ludvík, 27, W/O, 311 Sqn, Pilot.


* 10/12/16, Turnov, Semily.

† 13/07/44, near Bold Head airfield, Devon.

In fog, Liberator BZ717 crashed into hill returning from a submarine patrol in the western approach to the English Channel.

Grave ref: Sec. C, R.C. Plot. Grave 18046

A symbolic urn no 112 was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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NĚMEČEK Rudolf, 23, W/O, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator.


* 13/02/21, Kyselovice, Kroměříž.

† 13/07/44, near Bold Head airfield, Devon.

In fog, Liberator BZ717 crashed into hill returning from a submarine patrol in the western approach to the English Channel.

Grave ref: Sec. C, R.C. Plot. Grave 18438

A symbolic urn was returned to Czechoslovakia 1945.

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NOVOTNÝ Karel 24, F/O, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator/Air Gu.


* 04/11/19, Hrbov, Žďár nad Sázavou.

† 13/07/44, near Bold Head airfield, Devon.

In fog, Liberator BZ717 crashed into hill returning from a submarine patrol in the western approach to the English Channel.

Grave ref: Sec. C, R.C. Plot. Grave 18437

A symbolic urn no 87 was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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TARANTÍK Václav 33, W/O, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator/Air Gu.


* 27/04/11, Hrdlořezy, Mladá Boleslav.

† 13/07/44, near Bold Head airfield, Devon.

In fog, Liberator BZ717 crashed into hill returning from a submarine patrol in the western approach to the English Channel.

Grave ref: Sec. C, R.C. Plot. Grave 18436

A symbolic urn no 96 was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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Location Information:

Address: Plymouth (Weston Mill) Cemetery, Ferndale Rd, Plymouth.
GPS Location: 50°23’43” N 4°10’19” W
Map Location: View

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Cornwall

4 – Helston Cemetery, Helston.

Helston Cemetery contains four First World War burials and 27 from the Second World War.

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JIROUTEK Josef, 29, F/Sgt, 311 Sqn, Pilot.


* 19/02/15, Moravany, Pardubice.

† 29/06/44, Roskilly Farm, Wed Keverne, Cornwall.

In fog, Liberator BZ754 crashed after take-off from Predannack.

Grave ref: N.W. Sec. Row C. Grave D. 33.

A symbolic urn was returned to Hradec Králové 1945.

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KUBÁT Josef, 20, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner.


* 03/11/23, Kohoutov, Havlíčkův Brod.

† 29/06/44, Roskilly Farm, Wed Keverne, Cornwall.

In fog, Liberator BZ754 crashed after take-off from Predannack.

Grave ref: N.W. Sec. Row C. Grave D. 32.

A symbolic urn no 88, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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KUKLÍNEK Emil, 40, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Flight Engineer.


* 31/05/04, Brno.

† 29/06/44, Roskilly Farm, Wed Keverne, Cornwall.

In fog, Liberator BZ754 crashed after take-off from Predannack.

Grave ref: N.W. Sec. Row C. Grave D. 31.

A symbolic urn no 108, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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STANO Walter, 19, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator.


* 28/07/24, Nové Mesto nad Váhom, Trenčín.

† 29/06/44, Roskilly Farm, Wed Keverne, Cornwall.

In fog, Liberator BZ754 crashed after take-off from Predannack.

Grave ref: N.W. Sec. Row C. Grave D. 34.

A symbolic urn was returned to Slovakia 1945.

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ŠTĚPÁNEK Miloslav, 24, F/Sgt, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator.


* 28/07/24, Brno.

† 29/06/44, Roskilly Farm, Wed Keverne, Cornwall.

In fog, Liberator BZ754 crashed after take-off from Predannack.

Grave ref: N.W. Sec. Row C. Grave D. 30.

A symbolic urn no 66, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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ŽILÁK Ladislav, 22, F/Sgt, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator.


* 30/08/21, Poltár, Lučenec.

† 29/06/44, Roskilly Farm, Wed Keverne, Cornwall.

In fog, Liberator BZ754 crashed after take-off from Predannack

Grave ref: N.W. Sec. Row C. Grave D. 29

A symbolic urn was returned to Slovakia 1945.

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Location Information:

Address: Helston Cemetery, Meneage Street, Helston, Cornwall.
GPS Location: 50°5’44” N 5°16’16” W
Map Location: View

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5 – St. Illogan Churchyard, Illogan, Redruth.

At the outbreak of the Second World War, a piece of ground was laid aside in the south-western corner of Illogan Churchyard for service burials and this later became the war graves plot. The plot now contains 52 Second World War burials, 7 of them unidentified. In addition there is the grave of 1 Merchant seaman whose death was not due to war service. The old part of the cemetery contains 11 burials of the First World War, 4 being French merchant seamen of the French vessel “Finistere” lost on 9th June 1918.

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HALAMA Stanislav, 27, F/Sgt, 310 Sqn, Pilot.


* 28/02/15, Křečkovice, Vyškov.

† 12/04/42, Perranporth, Cornwall.

Mid air collision with F/Lt Stanislav Zimprich during training flight in Spitfire BL497

Grave ref: Row 1. Grave 16

A symbolic urn was returned to Brno 1945.

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KREDBA Miroslav, 28, F/Lt, 310 Sqn, Pilot.


* 29/01/14, Libichov, Mladá Boleslav.

† 14/02/42, Perranporth, Cornwall.

Accident during training flight in Spitfire AD414

Grave ref: Row 1. Grave 12

A symbolic urn was returned to Hradec Králové 1945.

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Location Information:

Address: St. Illogan Churchyard, Church Street, Illogan, Redruth, Cornwall.
GPS Location: 50°14’58” N 5°16’8″ W
Map Location: View

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6 – St. Augustine Churchyard, Heanton Punchardon, Braunton, Barnstable.

Heanton Punchardon was one mile from the Royal Air Force station at Chivenor and during the Second World War, this churchyard was enlarged to accommodate a war graves plot in the new ground.

The churchyard contains two burials of the First World War and 85 from the Second World War. There are also 38 post war air force burials and one Italian war grave.

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CÍGLER Miroslav, 28, F/Lt, 311 Sqn, Navigator.


* 12/10/13, Olomouc.

† 15/07/42, Bay of Biscay.

Wellington Z1155 went missing whilst on patrol in Bay of Biscay, probably shot down by fighter. Body washed ashore 13/08/42.

Grave ref: Row L Grave 18.

A symbolic urn no 9, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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NOVÁK František, 28, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Air Gunner.


* 24/09/13, Prague.

† 15/07/42, Bay of Biscay.

Wellington Z1155 went missing whilst on patrol in Bay of Biscay, probably shot down by fighter. Body washed ashore 13/08/42.

Grave ref: Row M Grave 17.

A symbolic urn was returned to Prague Olsansky 1945.

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ORLÍK Vilém, 25, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Air Gunner.


* 20/09/16, Opava.

† 15/07/42, Bay of Biscay.

Wellington Z1155 went missing whilst on patrol in Bay of Biscay, probably shot down by fighter. Body washed ashore 13/08/42.

Grave ref: Row N Grave 17.

A symbolic urn no 9, was returned to Ostrava Hrabyně 1945.

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PANCÍŘ Rudolf, 27, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Pilot.


* 04/03/15, Petříkov, České Budějovice.

† 15/07/42, Bay of Biscay.

Wellington Z1155 went missing whilst on patrol in Bay of Biscay, probably shot down by fighter. Body washed ashore 13/08/42.

Grave ref: Row N Grave 16.

A symbolic urn no 90, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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ZIMPRICH Stanislav, 26, F/Lt, 310 Sqn, Pilot.


* 03/03/16, Německý Brod.

† 12/04/42, sea off Perranporth, Cornwall.

Mid air collision with Stanislav Sgt Halama during training flight in Spitfire BL420. Body washed ashore 14/07/42 at Combe Martin, Devon.

Grave ref: Row N Grave 14.

A symbolic urn was returned to Czechoslovakia 1945.

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Location Information:

Address: St. Augustine Churchyard, Heanton Punchardon, Braunton, Barnstable.
GPS Location: 51°6’0″ N 4°8’27” W
Map Location: View

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7 – Berrynarbor (St. Peter Churchyard), Berrynarbor, Ilfracombe.

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ZAPLETAL Jaroslav, 33, F/Sgt, 311 Sqn, Flight Engineer.


* 11/05/11, Jevíčko, Svitavy.

† 01/01/45, Hoy, Orkney Isles.

Accident at start of combat patrol in Liberator FL949, crashed at Hoy, Orkney Isles.

Grave ref: North of Church.

A symbolic urn no 138, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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Location Information:

Address: Berrynarbor (St. Peter Churchyard), Castle Hill, Berrynarbor, Ilfracombe.
GPS Location: 51°12’4″ N 4°3’43” W
Map Location: View

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Somerset

8 – St Mary Magdalen and Bishop’s Hull Cemetery, Taunton.

Within this cemetery is the Commonwealth War Graves Commission for service burials. There are 88 military personnel from the 2 World Wars interred here.

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ČERMÁK Jaroslav, 26, F/O, 313 Sqn, Pilot.


* 27/04/17, Nymburk.

† 04/06/43, Taunton, Somerset.

Killed in Spitfire AR512 during a simulated attack on a train his wing clipped one of the train’s wagons and crashed 4 miles West of Taunton railway station.

Grave ref: 2 / 5354.

A symbolic urn no 103, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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Location Information:

Address: Taunton (St Mary’s Cemetery), Taunton.
GPS Location: +51° 0′ 52.63″N, -3° 7′ 14.16″ W
Map Location: View

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9 – Bath (Haycombe Cemetery), Bath.

Bath (Haycombe Cemetery) contains 290 burials of the Second World War, most of them in the war graves plot.

The plot was used by the Royal Air Force as a regional cemetery and contains the graves of airmen serving with the Commonwealth and allied air forces stationed in the south-western counties. Alongside these graves are those of men who served in squadrons of Coastal Command in their work of patrol, searching for U-boats and providing convoy for shipping. Many of the casualties came from the RAF station at Colerne.

Bath suffered heavily from attacks by German aircraft and a severe air raid in April 1942 killed a number of servicemen at home on leave with their families. They are buried with them in the cemetery.

In addition to the Commonwealth war graves, the cemetery contains a number of war graves of other nationalities.

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DOHNAL Jaroslav, 25, W/O, 2 DF, Pilot.


* 21/07/17, Prostějov.

† 12/07/43, Colerne, Wilts.

Killed in a air accident 3 miles from Colerne airfield flying Blenheim V5980.

Grave ref: Plot 51. Sec. H. Row T. Grave 256.

A symbolic urn no 88, was returned to Ostrava Hrabyně 1945.

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Location Information:

Address: Bath (Haycombe Cemetery), Whiteway Road, Bath.
GPS Location: 51°22’13” N 2°24’5″ W
Map Location: View

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10 – Lansdown Burial ground, Bath.

Within this cemetery is a Commonwealth War Graves Commission section where 6 military personnel from the 2 World Wars are buried.

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SZELIGA [Šeliga] Emil, 24, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Pilot.


* 11/09/18, Albrechtice, Karviná.

† 30/08/43, Beaulieu, Hants.

Accident at the start of a training flight in Liberator BZ785.

Grave ref: Sec. 4. Row T. Grave 16.A.

A symbolic urn was returned to Ostrava Hrabyně 1945.

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Location Information:

Address: Lansdown Burial ground, Granville Road, Lansdown, Bath.
GPS Location: 51°24’23” N 2°22’41” W
Map Location: View

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The assistance of Ministerstvo obrany České republiky [Ministry of Defence, Czech Republic], the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and The War Graves Photographic Project, with this article, is very much appreciated.




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