Fredrikstad Military Cemetery

24.07.2020

Foto: Knut Werner Lindeberg Alsén
Foto: Knut Werner Lindeberg Alsén

The original Commonwealth war graves plot at Fredrikstad Military Cemetery contained the graves of 18 seamen who were killed at the Battle of Jutland in 1916, only seven of them identified by name.

Commonwealth War Graves, Fredrikstad Military Cemetery, 2020

The graves were marked by a granite memorial erected by the Norwegian government. 

Commonwealth War Graves

Foto: Knut Werner Lindeberg Alsén
Foto: Knut Werner Lindeberg Alsén

In 1961, a number of graves were brought into the cemetery from other small burial grounds* all over Norway. The majority of the casualties were from the Battle of Jutland, or from the loss of the following vessels in Norwegian waters: HMS India - armoured merchant cruiser, sunk by submarine 8 August 1915 in the Vest Fjord. HMS Mary Rose, HMS Strongbow - destroyers, lost in action 17 October 1917, on convoy duty. HMS Marmion - destroyer, lost in a collision 21 October 1917. HMS Partridge - destroyer, lost in action 21 December 1917. 

The cemetery now contains a total of 82 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, 51 of them unidentified. 

*The burials brought into Fredrikstad Military Cemetery were from cemeteries and churchyards at: 
BORGUND; 
DOLM I HITRA; 
FEDJE I LINDAS; 
GULEN, HARAM; 
HARBAKKE I SOLUND; 
HEIM I HEMME; 
HERDLA; 
HUSOY I SOLUND; 
KINN; LODINGEN; 
MOSKENES I FLAKSTAD; 
NORVE I AALESUND; 
ROAN I BJORNOR; 
SELJE; 
SLETTEN I FROYA; 
SONDRE VAGSOY I SELJE; 
STROMMEN I SOLUND; 
SULEN I FROYA; 
TITRAN I FROYA; 
TJOTTA I FLAKSTAD; 
TUNSTA I HALSA; 
VAGAN; 
VEGA; 
VEROY
VILNES I ASKOVELL.

About Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC)

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is an intergovernmental organisation of six independent member states whose principal function is to mark, record and maintain the graves and places of commemoration of Commonwealth of Nations military service members who died in the two World Wars. 

Source: The text is written by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.  www.cwgc.org