Steenwerck

Location

Steenwerck is a village on the D77 about 6 kilometres south-east of Bailleul, and to the east of the road from Bailleul to Estaires. The Cemetery is situated to the north-east midway between the village and the main road from Bailleul to Armentières and north of the recently built motorway.

Steenwerck Soldatenfriedhof

Historical Information

The German military cemetery at Steenwerck was created in April 1918 by the German soldiers during their Spring Offensive. It was then expanded during the retreat of August 1918.

Following the war the French Military Authorities brought in a number of German graves from the surrounding neighbourhood. During construction work in 1969 twelve German soldiers from the First World War were discovered and they were re-interred here.

The soldiers buried here are almost all casualties of the German offensive of April 1918 and their defensive battle in August 1918 as the Allies counter attacked.

Only 31 of the casualties died in the previous years.

The soldiers come from Saxony Silesia, Thuringia, Pomerania, Hesse, Bavaria, Westphalia, Prussia and the Rhineland, Alsace and Lorraine.

The central monument

Some repair work was carried out between the two wars, with shrubs and trees being planted. The gate and central sandstone column were also erected.

The graves though remained without permanent markers due to the shortages of funds and the outbreak of the 2nd World War

On 19th July 1966 an agreement was reached between the German and French governments concerning the German Military Cemeteries in France, and work began on landscaping the cemetery in 1979.

Steenwerck Soldatenfriedhof

The original wooden crosses were finally replaced by engraved metal ones.

The cemetery now contains 2048 war dead all in individual graves. Only three are unknown (unbekannt). The two Jewish burials are marked by a stone stele rather than a cross.

 
Dalz and Koch

Musketier Bruno Dalz
Died on 3rd June 1918

Grave: 1/171

Fahrer Karl Koch
Died on 3rd June 1918

Grave: 1/172

Otto Schröpfer

Vizefeldwebel Otto Schröpfer
Died on 24th April 1918

Grave: 1/17

 

There is a CWGC cemetery a short distance away on the main road towards Bailleul.

Trois Arbres Trois Arbres CWGC Cemetery