Vredenhof Cemetery

The Vredenhof (literally Peace garden) is a small private cemetery in the sand dunes about 2 kilometres east of the village Schiermonnikoog.
It was created in 1906 for the burial of bodies washed up by the sea, and maintained by local subscribtions. The land was the gift of the then owner, Count von Bernstorff and the cemetery was his personal project until his death in 1955.

During the 1939-1945 War the cemetery was extended at the rear and new trees and shrubs were planted.
It is in this part of the cemetery that the majority of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth graves are situated, although a few are in the original portion.
There are altogether 85 war burials, consisting of 1 soldier, 42 airmen and 3 Merchant Navy seamen from the United Kingdom; 10 Canadian, 2 Australian and 4 New Zealand airmen and 3 Polish airmen.
Of these, 13 airmen and 2 Merchant Navy seaman from the United Kingdom and 1 Polish airman are not identified.
Every year at the 4th of May a Rememberance Service will be held on the cemetery.


By: Magna Frisia (295.60)

Tags: They, fought, for, our, freedom.

Location: Netherlands