JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY
|British - 1,385
Canadian - 88
Australian - 34
New Zealand - 21
Polish - 6
Belgian - 5
Dutch - 1
Russian - 1
Unidentified - 99
The Netherlands fell to the Germans in May 1940 and was not re-entered by Allied forces until September 1944. Nijmegen was a front line town from 17 September 1944 until February 1945. The cemetery, which was created by No. 3 Casualty Clearing Station RAMC during Operation Market Garden, is in a wooded area known as Jonkers Bosch, from which it took its name. Many soldiers buried here died of their wounds during the winter of 1944/45 when the Island, south of Arnhem, was held by units of XXX Corps, and much of the British army was dug in along the Maas river.
Jonkerbos War Cemetery contains 1,629 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 99 of them unidentified, and 13 war graves of other nationalities.
The town of Nijmegen is located south of Arnhem and Jonkerbos War Cemetery is situated in the south west part of the town. From the A73/E31 motorway turn off at "Knooppunt Lindenholt", the junction with the A326/N326. Follow the N326 in the direction of Nijmegen over two roundabouts to a crossroads and at the crossroads turn right into Weg Door Jonkerbos. Follow this road under the railway and round a right hand bend. Just after the bend turn left into Oude Mollenhutseweg and the cemetery is a short way along here on the right.
Captain Hon. V.P.Gibbs 1st Bn Grenadier Guards (22-G-4)
- Killed 20th September 1944, age 23.
- Son of Walter Durrant Gibbs, 4th Baron Aldenham, and of Lady Aldenham (nee Paul) of Ware, Hertfordshire. Husband of Jean Frances Gibbs (nee Harnbro).
Lieutenant Adrian Slob MC 1st Bn Grenadier Guards (18-A-4)
- Killed 23rd February 1945.
- Son of Mr and Mrs A.Slob, of Sneek, Friesland, Holland.
Two soldiers of the Special Air Service buried side by side:
- Spr A.R.Edwards, Royal Engineers and 2nd Special Air Service Regiment, A.A.C., 16th April 1945, aged 30. (14-E-6)
- Pte M.E.Tyson, 2nd Special Air Service Regiment, A.A.C., 16th April 1945, aged 22. (14-E-7)
ŠPAUL REED 2002-5