Once a month I try to blog about local, Battle Creek, history. In July, one of my local posts was a Tombstone Tuesday about German Prisoners of War buried at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, Michigan. I have been surprised at the response to that post. A number of people have emailed me about this post and how it helped them with their research. One, was a relative of one of the prisoners.
So, I decided to do a little more research. I checked the Battle Creek Enquirer and News for the week after the accident. I found three articles and a picture reporting the accident and death of the prisoners of war.
The bodies were returned to Fort Custer and funeral arrangements were made. This article explains the funeral service. A military funeral was held with American honor guards. The caskets were draped with the German Republic flags. Three separate services were held: one Catholic, one Protestant, and one prayer service. This article states that at a later date the bodies may be removed to Germany. This never happened. A German memorial with the gravestones of the P.O.W's are currently at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, Michigan.
If you click on the articles you can zoom in on the article for better reading. Please feel free to email me at brae957 at gmail dot com if you would like me to send you the articles.