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Orkney WW1 German Grave Errors Corrected

Discussion in 'Military History' started by GRW, May 24, 2019.

  1. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

    Oct 26, 2003
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    Stirling, Scotland
    "The headstones of German sailors killed at the end of World War One have been replaced after mistakes were discovered in their inscriptions.
    Researchers found the original memorials in Orkney's Lyness cemetery were inaccurate, incomplete or both.
    The men died after being shot by Royal Navy personnel when the High Seas Fleet was deliberately scuttled in Scapa Flow in June 1919.
    A series of events and exhibitions is underway to mark the centenary.
    Robert Ross from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) told BBC Radio Orkney they were grateful to Scapa 100 - the local group set up to co-ordinate commemorations - for alerting them to the first mistake.
    Kuno Eversberg's headstone initially recorded that he had died on 21st June 1919 - the date the German admiral ordered his men to sink their own ships.
    The German sailor had, indeed, been shot on that day. But he didn't die of his injuries until several days later. It's not clear why that mistake was made."
    WW1 German grave errors corrected

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