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Unique IDCWGC/8/1/4/1/2/69
File NumberCCM22371
TitleSecond Lieutenant DONALD STEPHENS - NIEDERZWEHREN CEMETERY, KASSEL - Royal Air Force
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DescriptionFile of correspondence concerning the grave of Second Lieutenant Donald Stephens in Niederzwheren Cemetery, Kassel, Germany. Main topics include: correspondence from next of kin requesting information and advice about visiting the grave and erection of a private memorial; correspondence regarding the Commission’s policy on the repatriation of British soldiers buried in Germany; correspondence regarding the reburial of Second Lieutenant Stephens in Niederzwheren Cemetery without the knowledge or consent of the next of kin; correspondence regarding enquiries into the private acquisition and ownership of Stephens’ grave in Landshut Cemetery; notes on interview between Fabian Ware and next of kin; correspondence with next of kin regarding compensation for expenses incurred from travel and erection of a private memorial; correspondence regarding the Commission’s decision to deny compensation; correspondence regarding Parliamentary Question relating to war graves and the case of Second Lieutenant Stephens.
Content NoteIncludes: Copy letter from E.H.R. Stephens, father of the casualty, to the Directorate Graves Registration and Enquiries enquiring about the erection of a permanent memorial, and whether the Government was offering facilities to relatives wishing to visit war graves, dated 30 May 1919; copy letter from E.H.R. Stephens to the Secretary, War Office, regarding request to repatriate Second Lieutenant Stephens’ remains, dated 12 August 1919; Copy letter from William Joynson-Hicks, MP, to Sir Laming Worthington-Evans regarding the repatriation of British soldiers and the British government’s policy on the matter, dated 9 November 1921; memorandum from the Secretary, Enquiries branch, regarding complaint from E.H.R. Stephens about the reburial of Second Lieutenant Stephens in Niederzwheren Cemetery, dated 16 July 1924; letter from E.H.R. Stephens to William Joynson-Hicks regarding the reburial of his son’s remains without prior consultation, and desire to pursue legal action against the Commission for doing so, dated 16 July 1924; letter from the IWGC Principal Assistant Secretary to Frederic Wise, MP, regarding the Commission’s decision to concentrate British graves in Germany, dated 9 September 1924; copy letter from E.H.R. Stephens to Frederic Wise requesting that the case of his son be mentioned in the House of Parliament, dated 12 September 1924; copy letter from Hermann Scherrer, Caretaker, Landshut Cemetery, to the Burgermeisteramt, Landshut, regarding a letter from E.H.R. Stephens enquiring about the removal of his son’s remains and private memorial marking the grave, dated 8 August 1924; letter from Major H.S.P. Simon, IWGC Representative, Germany, informing the IWGC Secretary that no instructions were left with Landshut Cemetery for the grave of Second Lieutenant Stephens to remain, and that the grave was never acquired by private purchase, dated 22 September 1924; sketch drawing from photograph of Second Lieutenant Stephens’ grave at Landshut Cemetery showing headstone, kerb filled with chips, and wooden cross laid on grave, undated; Note on interview between Fabian Ware and E.H.R. Stephens regarding the repatriation of his son, erection of a permanent memorial at Niederzwheren Cemetery, and for compensation for costs related to his visit to Germany and erection of a private memorial, dated 20 October 1924; letter from E.H.R. Stephens to Fabian Ware declining the Commission’s offer to re-erect the private memorial as a cenotaph, dated 20 October 1924; extract from the 158th meeting of Management Committee regarding legal liability of the Commission for E.H.R. Stephens’s reimbursement claim, dated 7 November 1924; extract from the 72nd Commission Meeting discussing E.H.R. Stephens’s compensation claim, dated 10 December 1924; letter from the IWGC Principal Assistant Secretary to E.H.R. Stephens regarding Commission’s decision not to accede to request for compensation, dated 22 December 1924; note on Parliamentary Question concerning Second Lieutenant Stephens as discussed by Frederic Wise and Laming Worthington-Evans, dated 2 March 1925; newspaper clipping from The Star reporting on the case of Second Lieutenant Stephens, undated.
Date28/5/1919 - 5/2/1926
Extent1 file
CollectionArchive
CategoryEfiles
Cemetery_NameNIEDERZWEHREN CEMETERY, KASSEL
ArchNoteRepackaged by Jenny Turner (Trainee Archivist), 15 October 2019
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