Private John Powis (42205)

10th Bn, The Essex Regiment, 53rd Brigade, 18th Division, B.E.F.

Malvern Commemoration: Malvern Library,

Burial/Commemoration: Berlin South-Western Cemetery

Nature of Death: Died Eastern Germany as a prisoner of war 29/11/1918

Age: 18

Previous Employment: Apprenticed to Messrs Kendall and Co, printers.

On 21st September 1918, John Powis of Ravensdowne, Wilton Road who on the 4th September was reported missing since the 8th August was confirmed as a prisoner of war. At one time he was employed at the Malvern News office, and served his apprenticeship at Messrs Kendall and Co, printer, and joined up aged 18.

It is unlikely that John Powis was orginally buried in Berlin. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission gives the following information on Berlin South-western Cemetery:

“In 1922-23 it was decided that the graves of Commonwealth servicemen who had died all over Germany should be brought together into four permanent cemeteries. Berlin South-Western was one of those chosen and in 1924-25, graves were brought into the cemetery from more than 140 burial grounds in eastern Germany. There are now 1,176 First World War servicemen buried or commemorated in the Commonwealth plot at Berlin South-Western Cemetery. The total includes special memorials to a number of casualties buried in other cemeteries in Germany whose graves could not be found.

“The following cemeteries are among those from which graves were brought to Berlin South-Western Cemetery: ALTDAMM PRISONERS OF WAR CEMETERY, Pomerania. 51 burials of 1915-1918. BUDEROSE PRISONERS OF WAR CEMETERY, Brandenburg. 20 burials of 1918. CROSSEN PRISONERS OF WAR CEMETERY, Brandenburg. 68 burials of 1918. DOBERITZ PRISONERS OF WAR CEMETERY, Brandenburg. 38 burials of 1914-1918. HASENHEIDE GARRISON CEMETERY, Brandenburg. 64 burials.. HEILSBERG PRISONERS OF WAR CEMETERY, East Prussia. 12 burials of 1917-1918. 39 burials remain at Heilsberg. KLEIN WITTENBERG OLD CEMETERY, Saxony. 25 service and eight civilian burials of 1915; NEW (or PRISONERS OF WAR) CEMETERY, 74 service and three civilian burials of 1915, 1917 and 1918; WITTENBERG OLD SMALL CEMETERY, two burials of 1914 and 1915. LAMSDORF PRISONERS OF WAR CEMETERY, Silesia. 83 burials of 1917-1919. MAGDEBURG MILITARY CEMETERY, Saxony. 25 burials of 1915-1918. MERSEBURG TOWN CEMETERY, Saxony. 12 burials of 1914-1917, and the PRISONERS OF WAR CEMETERY, 33 burials of 1917-1918. OPPELN TOWN CEMETERY, Upper Silesia. 11 burials of 1921. 30 post war burials remain at Oppeln. SCHNEIDEMUHL PRISONERS OF WAR CEMETERY, West Prussia. 67 burials of 1915-1918. 18 burials remain at Schneidemuhl. STARGARD PRISONERS OF WAR CEMETERY,Pomerania. 41 burials of 1917-1918. STENDAL PRISONERS OF WAR CEMETERY, Saxony. 1413 burials of 1917-1918. ZERBST (HEIDETOR) CEMETERY, Anhalt. Two burials of 1914-1915, and the PRISONERS OF WAR CEMETERY, 45 burials of 1917-1918.”

Malvern News 21/9/18

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