17 September 2009

5887400 Pte John Christopher Spademan, 2nd Bn, Northamptonshire Regiment

5887400 Private John Christopher Spademan of the 2nd Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment died on 17th September 1940. He was born in Northampton and living there when he enlisted in his county regiment. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) notes that he was the son of Marian E Spademan of Kingsthorpe, Northampton.

John Spademan is buried in Malbork Commonwealth War Cemetery (grave ref 6.A.14). This from the CWGC page on Malbork cemetery:

"The town of Malbork (formerly known as Marienburg) lies in the north of Poland approx 60kms south east of Gdansk [formerly known as Danzig]...

"The Second World War burials at Malbork are mostly of men who died while prisoners of war in the nearby camps. Stalag XXB was a camp of some size at Malbork itself, Stalag lA was situated at Stablack, between Malbork and Gdansk, Stalag 2A at Starogard, a few kilometres south of Stablack, and Stalag XXA, at Torun (Thorn), about 120 kilometres south of Malbork. When hostilities had ceased, the graves service of the British Army of the Rhine moved the graves from the local burial grounds to this war cemetery, together with other Commonwealth graves in outlying places in the area where their permanent maintenance could not be assured. The largest number came from Torun, and the next largest from burial grounds in Malbork itself and Gdansk...

"[The cemetery] contains 232 Second World War burials. There are also 13 First World War burials which were moved from Gdansk (Danzig) Garrison Cemetery in 1960."

The War Graves Photographic Project holds a photo of John Spademan's grave.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.


Ancestry.co.uk (1939-1945 Roll of Honour)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The War Graves Photographic Project

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