I am born in 1974 and live in The Netherlands, close to the Belgian border. I work in a hospital.
I worked in the military between 1993 and 1998 and did two tours in Bosnia (1996 and 1998). I am what they call a history enthusiast, with particular interest in WW1 and WWII and especially in Operation Market Garden and the Ypres area.
In 2010 I was at the Sterksel Cemetery and decided to try and find out more about th men buried there. When I found some information and got in touch with relatives I decided I had to make a website to share the information I found. At first I only thought about making a website about the Sterksel Cemetery. But soon I also added some other local cemeteries, like Valkenswaard, Eindhoven and Mierlo and not long after that also all the cemeteries where Market Garden casualties are buried. And at this moment I am adding information about all the cemeteries I visited (and a few I never visited).
Photos and information
Sometimes people ask me if they can sent in photos they made at cemeteries so I can use them on the website. Although I have added a few cemeteries I have not been to (yet), I still want to visit every cemetery on this website myself. I want to stand next to the headstone of every person I add to this website. However, as I am not very fond about airplanes and flying, there are some countries I already know I will never visit. And that’s where I make an exception. If you have made photo’s of cemeteries and headstones in other countries than those in West-Europe I would very much appreciate it if I could use them on my website.
If you go to such a country and want to make photos for this website, then please make the photo’s of the headstones vertically and only one headstone per photo. And if possible three general photo’s of the cemetery, two horizontally and 1 vertically.
Of course I will mention you on the website as the maker of the photos.
At this moment we still work on this website as individuals and not as a foundation or anything. So if someone want to donate anything, it has to be done to us privately at this moment. I am thinking about starting a foundation, but am not sure about the benefits yet.
So, if you want to donate, please contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
All donations will be used for (in order of importace):
1. assisting relatives who visit the cemeteries to get there and if possible and wanted show them the area their relative fought and/or died.
2. putting flowers and remembrance crosses at graves.
3. costs of the website.
Although we are not a foundation (yet) I want to be transparent about the donations made and sent donaters a short annual account of what we did with the donations.