Historical Information: The Netherlands fell to the Germans in May 1940 and was not re-entered by Allied forces until September 1944. With a few exeptions, burials at Milsbeek War Cemetery date from February and March 1945, the days of the advance into Germany. They include men from the 51st (Highland) Division, the 52nd (Lowland) Division, and the 3rd Battalion Irish Guards. The cemetery contains 210 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War.


No. of Identified Casualties: 210



Sources: CWGC; The Times; Irish Times

Photos courtesy of P. Reinders, 2008; G. Unsworth, 2012

MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY, HOLLAND

Cemetery: MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY

Country: Netherlands

Locality: Limburg


 

Guardsman LESLIE LEONARD ALLBUTT, 2724407, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died  on 21 February 1945

Remembered with honour MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: I. D. 1.


Serjeant JOHN ASHTON, 2721176, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 26 on 21 February 1945

Son of Albert Victor and Therese Ashton, of Morecambe, Lancashire; husband of Enid Ashton, of Morecambe.

Remembered with honour MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: II. B. 4.


Guardsman EDWARD ASHWORTH 2722895, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 25 on 21 February 1945,

Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Ashworth, of Liverpool.

Remembered with honour MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: I. G. 9.


Guardsman GERALD BARRY, 2722072, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 36 on 21 February 1945

Son of Nicholas and Anastatia Barry, of Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary, Irish Republic.

Remembered with honour MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: II. B. 5.


From The Irish Independent, June 18. 1945:


BARRY - Gerald (Irish Guards), only son of the late Mrs. Anastasia Barry, Annesboro' Mills, Carrick-on-Suir, killed in action on February 21st, 1945, near the German village of Hommerson, over the border from Holland, buried in Gennep Cemetery. R.I.P. Fortified by the Rites of his Church.


 

Guardsman MICHAEL PATRICK BOLAND,  2721083, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 24 on 21 February 1945

Son of Michael Francis and Violet Fanny Boland, of Bicester, Oxfordshire. His brother Lional Albert also died on service.

Remembered with honour MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: I. E. 10.


Lance-Sergeant THOMAS BOSWELL, 2721313, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 29 on 14 February 1945

Son of Thomas and Martha Ellen Boswell; husband of Ann Boswell, of Gorton, Manchester.

Remembered with honour MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: II. B. 3.


Guardsman ARTHUR THOMAS BROWN, 14692029, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 19 on 21 February 1945

Son of William Brown, and of Eveline May Brown, of Exhall, Warwickshire.

Remembered with honour MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: I. E. 2.


Major GUY EDWARD FISHER-ROWE, 102718, [1 Company] 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died on 21 February 1945

Remembered with honour MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: I. D. 5.

See Times article Mar 07, 1945; ON ACTIVE DUTY, FISHER-ROWE


Guardsman ARTHUR JAMES FOLLIS, 2719918, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 23 on 21 February 1945

Son of John and Gertrude Beatrice Follis, of St. Helens, Lancashire.

Remembered with honour MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: I. G. 6.

 

Guardsman GILBERT GEORGE GILES, 2724458, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 32 on 21 February 1945

Son of Frederick and Alice Giles; husband of Olive Giles.

Remembered with honour MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: I. E. 9.


Lance-Corporal GEORGE GILMORE, 2717800, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 29 on 21 February 1945

Husband of Georgina Gilmore, of Ballynahinch, Co. Down, Northern Ireland.

Remembered with honour MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: I. G. 10.


Guardsman ERIC RONALD HUBBARD, 2724279, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 19 on 21 February 1945

Son of Jesse Samuel and Rose Hubbard, of Sittingbourne, Kent.

Remembered with honour MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: I. D. 3.


Guardsman JOHN ARTHUR IFOULD, 2724336, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 19 on 21 February 1945

Son of Albert and Alice Lillian Ifould, of Chichester Sussex.

Remembered with honour MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: I. E. 8.


Lance-Corporal JAMES KANE, 2717050, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 36 on 21 February 1945

Remembered with honour MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: I. E. 15.


Guardsman WILLIAM ALFRED KEATINGE, 2722891, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 23

on 15 February 1945

Son of William and Sophia Keatinge, of Liverpool.

Remembered with honour MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: II. B. 6.

See Times article Aug 21, 1944; FALLEN OFFICERS, KINGSFORD


Guardsman ALBERT LEONARD KEEN, 14581944, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 24 on 21 February 1945

Son of Tom and Amy Keen, of Notting Hill, London.

Remembered with honour MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: I. E. 12.


Guardsman CLIFFORD KELLY, 2719839, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died on 21 February 1945

Remembered with honour MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: I. E. 4.


Major DARBY MICHAEL KENNEDY, M.C., 94576, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died on 21 February 1945

Remembered with honour MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: I. D. 4.

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See Times article Mar 09, 1945; FALLEN OFFICER, KENNEDY

See Times article Mar 08, 1945; KENNEDY, KNOWN KILLED IN ACTION

See Irish Times article May 15,, 1945; AN APPRECIATION


From The Irish Times, Tuesday, May 15, 1945:


“MAJOR D.M. KENNEDY: AN APPRECIATION


A brother officer writes:-

All his friends, and particularly all ranks of Irish Guardsmen, will mourn the loss of Major D.M. (John) Kennedy, M.C., killed in March in north-west Europe. From the beginning John threw himself into the war with all the vigour of his strong body.  He was full of cheerfulness and fight in those days of irk some rearguard actions in Norway.  In North Africa he toiled day and night with his beloved No. 3 Company until he was wounded. He rejoined his battalion in time for the fall of Tunis. 


He next saw action at Anzio. There he performed prodigious feats of gallantry; time and again he led his company against the enemy, himself inflicting many casualties. Again wounded, his reward was a Military Cross, many times earned. 


After a few months' rest at home he went again to war, that time to Holland. He was killed, as many of us feared he would be, on German soil leading his company in the attack. 


John loved the good, clean things of life - horses, good fare, and the company of soldiers and friends.  His merits were tireless energy, a courage that knew no fear, extreme generosity, and, above all, a niceness of nature that saw the good in everyone.  His simple goodness made us all love him.  He will, indeed, be dearly missed at home in County Meath and County Kildare, and no less by Irish Guardsmen, who loved him as much as he loved them.”


 

Lance-Corporal REDMOND LAYDE, 2723768, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 21 on 21 February 1945

Son of Daniel Layde and of Mary Layde (nee O'Hanlon), of West Kensington, London.

Remembered with honour MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: I. E. 13.

 

Sergeant JOHN JOSEPH LYONS 2717698, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died on 21 February 1945

Remembered with honour MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: I. C. 6.

 

Lance-Corporal JAMES ALFRED MURRAY 2723538, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died on 21 February 1945

Remembered with honour MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: I. E. 6.


Lance-Sergeant GORDON MYERS 2722988, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 23 on 21 February 1945

Son of Thomas Oscar and Annie Myers, of Ripon, Yorkshire.

Remembered with honour MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: I. G. 8.


Guardsman JOHN MICHAEL ORMOND 2723438, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 21 on 21 February 1945

Son of John and Anne Ormond, of Rainhill, Lancashire.

Remembered with honour MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: I. E. 5.

 

Guardsman ERNEST WALTER PAVEY, 14680268, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 21 on 21 February 1945

Son of Charles and Lily Pavey, of Codmoore Hill, Sussex.

Remembered with honour MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: I. E. 14.

 

Guardsman JOHN PENFOLD, 2724283, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 20 on 21 February 1945

Son of John and Olive Penfold, of Chobham, Surrey.

Remembered with honour MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: I. C. 8.


Guardsman THOMAS PENNINGTON, 2720550, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 28 on 21 February 1945

Remembered with honour MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: I. G. 5.

 

Guardsman WALTER EDWARD POOK, 2724202, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 22 on 21 February 1945

Son of Thomas and Florence Pook, of Peckham, London.

Remembered with honour MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: I. E. 11.


Guardsman STANLEY JOHN SMITH, 2722871, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 24 on 21 February 1945

Son of Benjamin and Cecilia Smith, of Daubhill, Bolton, Lancashire.

Remembered with honour MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: I. E. 3.


Lance-Corporal THOMAS HENRY STEPHENSON, 14665889, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 28 on 21 February 1945

Son of Thomas Henry and Magdalene Stephenson; husband of Olive Beatrice Stephenson (nee Ions), of Gateshead, Co. Durham.

Remembered with honour MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: I. E. 1.


Guardsman STANLEY JAMES TORR, 2724288, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 19 on 21 February 1945

Son of George and Jane Torr, of Hoxton, London.

Remembered with honour MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: I. D. 2.


Lance-Sergeant THOMAS UNSWORTH, 2719613, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 34 on 21 February 1945

Husband of Jessie Unsworth, of Gorton, Manchester.

Remembered with honour MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: I. C. 7.


Guardsman THOMAS VENN, 14669019, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 19 on 21 February 1945

Remembered with honour MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: II. C. 14.


Lance-Corporal HENRY WHITE, 2722121, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 31 on 14 February 1945

Son of Elizabeth White, of Gorton, Manchester.

Remembered with honour MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: II. C. 13.

 

Lance-Corporal JACK WILLSHAW, 2722238, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 31 on 21 February 1945

Son of Alfred and Janet Willshaw; husband of Ivy Elizabeth Willshaw, of Edgware, Middlesex.

Remembered with honour MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: I. E. 7.




Quis Separabit


 

Cemetery: MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY

Country: Netherlands

Locality: Limburg



HORN, RONALD R GUARDSMAN 4TH BN. Coldstream Guards 2665719 05.03.1945


HOWELL, RICHMOND BRYAN R B GUARDSMAN 5TH BN. Coldstream Guards 2666249 16.02.1945


PALMER, HORACE ANDREW H A GUARDSMAN 5TH BN. Coldstream Guards 5104312 14.02.1945


STEBBINGS, HERBERT WILLIAM H W GUARDSMAN 5TH BN. Coldstream Guards 2662018 16.02.1945




Nulli Secundus


 

Cemetery: MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY

Country: Netherlands

Locality: Limburg



STENSON, MICHAEL JAMES M J LANCE CORPORAL 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2738976 16.02.1945


WEBBON, ARTHUR JOHN LEONARD A J L LANCE SERJEANT 1ST BN. Welsh Guards 2737884 14.02.1945




Cymru am Byth