Hollerich Communal Cemetery

Historical  Information (source: CWGC)

Luxembourg (Hollerich) Communal Cemetery contains the graves of nine airmen of the Second World War.  The Commonwealth war graves are located in the north-west part of the cemetery.

 

Served with

  • United Kingdom (6)
  • Canadian (3)

Served in

  • Air Force (9)

Stirling I R9275 MG-Y

7th Squadron took off 2327 10 April 1943 from Oakington,  target was Frankfurt. Crashed 11 April 1943 in Koerich, Luxemburg. All 7 crew killed.

 

Pilot Officer ALLEN, ERIC ALEXANDER - Service Number J/92604 - Died 11/04/1943 Aged 22

7 (R.A.F.) Sqdn Royal Canadian Air Force

Son of William and Emily Allen, of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

INSCRIPTION: AT REST

           

Flight Sergeant (Air Gunner) BARLEY, FREDERICK NORMAN - Service Number 1389145 - Died 11/04/1943 Aged 22

7 Sqdn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Son of Charles and Frances Barley; husband of Dorothy Edith Barley, of Forest Hill, London.

INSCRIPTION: LOVING HUSBAND AND DADDY EVER IN OUR HEARTS AND THOUGHTS. "WE'LL MEET AGAIN"

 

Flying Officer (Air Observer) FREBERG, PHILIP GUSTAVE R. - Service Number J/6659 - Died 11/04/1943

7 (R.A.F.) Sqdn Royal Canadian Air Force

D F C

 

Pilot Officer (Flight Engineer) GENESIS, ROBERT HARRY - Service Number 51687 - Died 11/04/1943 Aged 22

7 Sqdn. Royal Air Force

D F M

Son of Henry James Genesis and Lilian Genesis, of Netteswell, Essex.

INSCRIPTION: GOD GAVE US MEMORIES THAT WE MIGHT HAVE ROSES IN DECEMBER

 

Warrant Officer (Air Observer) NESBITT, HAROLD EARLE - Service Number R/90501 - Died 11/04/1943

7 (R.A.F.) Sqdn Royal Canadian Air Force 

 

Pilot Officer (Wireless Op./Air Gunner) RYDER, THOMAS JOSEPH - Service Number 143402 - Died 11/04/1943 Aged 22

7 Sqdn. Royal Air Force

Son of Joseph L. and Dorothy May Ryder, of Tooting, Surrey; husband of Norah Veronica Ryder, of Tooting.

INSCRIPTION: WE LOVED HIM IN LIFE, LET US NOT FORGET HIM IN DEATH

           

Pilot Officer (Pilot) TERRY, FRANK ARTHUR - Service Number 139509 - Died 11/04/1943 Aged 20

7 Sqdn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Son of Arthur Benjamin and Isabel Francis Terry, of Strood, Kent.

INSCRIPTION: A BELOVED SON AND A VERY GALLANT GENTLEMAN


Fairey Battle Mk.1 L5247 (MQ-M)

226 Squadron, RAF: Lost on combat operations - officially described as "Battle L5247 shot down over Luxembourg, 10 May 1940". Took off 1700 Reims/Champagne. Shot down ground fire during dive-bombing attack on enemy columns between Wallendorf and Diekirch and crashed in the northern suburbs at Faubourg de Luxembourg, Weimerskirch 6.30 p.m. One of the three crew was killed, the other two were captured and taken as PoWs. L5247 was one of two 226 Squadron Battles lost on this operation (the other was K9183)

 

Crew of Battle L5247:

Flight Lieutenant (Pilot) Brian R. Kerridge, RAF 39199, age 27, died on injuries sustained

Sergeant D.I. Anthony, Captured unhurt and interned as POW

Corporal G.H. Dixon, Captured badly burned and interned as POW

 

Flight Lieutenant (Pilot) KERRIDGE, BRIAN RUTTER - Service Number 39199 - Died 15/05/1940 Aged 27

226 Sqdn. Royal Air Force

Son of Harry and Emily Kerridge, of Burgess Hill, Sussex.

INSCRIPTION: “O VALIANT HEART"


Fairey Battle Mk.1 L5539 (JN-B)

150 Squadron RAF: Lost on combat operations - officially described as "Battle L5539 in air operations between Junglinster and Echternarch, Luxembourg, 10 May 1940".  Took off from Ecury-sur-Colle, France, with the main objective being the numerous German convoys travelling on the road between Etternach and Junelinster, Luxembourg, connecting Belgium to Luxembourg. Bombing and strafing at low altitude (about 30 meters), the unfortunate British airmen were picked off by a dense and precise Flak. One crew member killed, two survived to be captured and taken as PoWs.

 

Crew of Battle L5539:

Flight Lieutenant (Pilot) Eric R. Parker, RAF 39111, killed in action

Sgt J. Whalley; captured injured, taken as PoW, interned in Camps 8B/L1. No PoW No.

Corporal R.K.Rye; captured, taken as PoW, interned in Camps 8B/L6/357, PoW No.13046

 

Flight Lieutenant (Pilot) PARKER, ERIC - Service Number 39111 - Died 10/05/1940

150 Sqdn. Royal Air Force