Relation with Lake (class): None. Other Cemetery in the Area (OCA)  
Total nr. of casualties buried here (TC): at least 3 end WW2, today 1. 
Lake casualties, initially, end WW2 (LC-I): 0
Unknown today: 0
of which unknown from Lake (LC-U): 0
of which unknown from North Sea (NS-U): 0
Initial burial site in WW2.
Post war burial site for collection and reburial from other sites: no. 
Cemetery with Lake casualties today: no.


Callantsoog is a small village hidden behind very tall sand dunes which surround the village centre as castle walls. On the other side of the dunes it has a beach of almost 10 km in length. During WW2 Allied soldiers that washed ashore on this beach were transported to the North to Den Helder, a large (then German used) naval base. Or a few km to the South, to the sister village of Petten or Bergen aan Zee. Only a few victims were buried in Callantsoog itself. Today the only war grave is that of RAF Wing Commander N.D. Crockart. The others were moved after the war. 

Two weeks after David Crockart was interred, at least 2 French soldiers were also buried here, probably in the same plot. Next to Crockart the open spaces are visible today (see photo below). The sea brought these French soldiers 2 months after the Dunkirk evacuation which took place between May 26 and June 3rd 1940. Possible also 2 American airmen lay here, buried in 1943 and 1944. 


Dutch name cemetery: Callantsoog Hervormde kerk 
Full name: Callantsoog Protestant Churchyard
Address (usable for car navigation):
Dorpsplein, Zeeweg of Kerkeplein. 

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Graves of Wing Commander David Crockart and the French Army Adjudant (NCO) André Jacques Chéron of the 1st. Regiment Tirailleurs Marocains. He washed ashore and buried here 2 weeks after W/C Crockart and together with another French soldier who was never identified.

Today Adj. Chéron and his non-identied countrymen rest on the central French war cemetery in the Netherlands in Kapelle in grave F.1.10 and F.1.11. 

Wing commander Crockart and his crew crashed in the North Sea on 27th June 1940 after a raid on Hannover. Their aircraft was a Hampden of RAF 50 sqn. 10 days later Crockart washed ashore here, his life vest inflated. Sgt. Turner of his crew is MIA. Sgt. Ingram was buried end of July in south-west Denmark near Hvide Sande. His body followed the current, see image above. 

Crew member F/Sgt. W.T.J. Southey is also missing. However, the mayor of Petten (village just south of Callantsoog) reported to the Red Cross in The Hague that W.T.J. Southey, RAF, nr. 514566, had washed up on the beach of Callantsoog. Later, when he was asked for more information on the whereabouts of the body, the mayor answered "he was not buried in my community (Petten), I have no further details". 

F/Sgt. Southey's body is buried in Holland, no doubt, but his burial details and name got lost. He rests on another cemetery as Unknown Airman, a Sgt RAF or even as soldier, with no date on the headstone or a date between 10th July 1940 up to end March 1941.


- Magazine 'Broken Wings' Sept. 2006.
- Bevrijdingsmuseum Zeeland

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