Relation with Lake (class): Lake Casualty Cemetery (LCC)  
Total nr. of casualties buried here (TC): today 3. 
Lake casualties, initially, end WW2 (LC-I): at least 2.
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: yes, Lake Cemetery West side of Lake (LCW)
Post war burial site for collection and reburial from other sites: yes (R.D. Tod)
Cemetery with Lake casualties today: yes (LCW).


Medemblik is an old Zuyder Sea (today 'Lake IJsselmeer') town. On this cemetery lay three washed ashore airmen. It is a coincidence that they all three are Canadian. Two of them are brothers. There are no unknown (non-identified) airmen here.


Dutch name cemetery: Medemblik begr. pl. "Compagniesingel". 
Full name: Medemblik General Cemetery.
Address (usable for car navigation):
Compagniesingel, 16. 

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The number of buried airmen here is relative low. Reason for this is that Medemblik had not much length of dike to guard. Nearby washed ashore airmen were buried in neighboring villages such as Middenmeer, Wervershoof, Andijk-West (Kerkbuurt), Andijk-East and Enkhuizen. And the Germans buried Allied airmen from this region in Den Helder (Huisduinen cemetery). 

On the left hand side rests pilot officer Kenneth H. Taylor, grave 250. He was shot down off Medemblik in the lake in his Hampden AT154 of Canadian 408 Sqn. This was in the night of 2/3 June 1942. To the right of him lay W/O Robert E. Tod in grave 249 and his brother W/O Richard D. Tod in grave 248 (both killed 23 June 1943).


Photo below: W/O II  Robert Ernest Tod (age 23, DFM) washed ashore here. His twin brother W/O II  Richard Douglas Tod also washed ashore, but may have been brought over to here to be buried next to his brother (*). They were crew of Stirling EH889 of 75 Sqn. This aircraft crashed in the lake 10 miles to the North of Medemblik.

(*) Correct: Richard D. Tod washed ashore 10km east of here and was initially buried in Andijk Eastern Cemetery, begin July 1943. A year later, another Canadian W/O was buried there: Neil Stewart. After the war the Tod brothers were united. Since then, W/O N. Stewart is the only Allied casualty in Andijk-Eastern. The grave next to him is still empty. 


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