Sarel Coenraad Petrus Herbst, b3c8d2e2f3 (c.1912 - 1944)

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Birthplace: Lichtenburg, Ngaka Modiri Molema, North West, South Africa
Death: Died in Italy
Cause of death: Killed during active service, WWII
Managed by: Lea Herbst
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About Sarel Coenraad Petrus Herbst, b3c8d2e2f3

e2 Sarel Coenraad Petrus * 1876

f3 Sarel Coenraad Petrus * 1912 Oorlede 22 Junie 1944 x Petronella Margrietha Wentzel

g1 Anna Maria * 28 Januarie 1939

g2 Johanna Cornelia * 15 Januarie 1942

Sarel Coenraad Petrus Herbst

Rank: Sapper

Official Number: 233145 V

Unit: 12 Field Sqn. South African Engineer Corps

Force: Army

Nationality: South African

Details: 22/06/44 II, D, 4.

BOLSENA WAR CEMETERY

Location Information

Bolsena War Cemetery is situated on the eastern side of Lake Bolsena just west of the SS2, between Rome (104 kilometres) and Siena (115 kilometres). Take the Orte exit from the autostrada A1. Go 30 km west towards Viterbo then turn right on to the SS2.

The two nearest towns are Montefiascone, 8 kilometres to the south, and Bolsena on the shores of the lake, 7 kilometres to the north. The cemetery entrance can be clearly seen from the main road.

Historical Information

On 3 September 1943 the Allies invaded the Italian mainland, the invasion coinciding with an armistice made with the Italians who then re-entered the war on the Allied side.

Progress through southern Italy was rapid despite stiff resistance, but the advance was checked for some months at the German winter defensive position known as the Gustav Line. The line eventually fell in May 1944 and as the Germans fell back, Rome was taken by the Allies on 3 June.

The Germans made their first stand after being driven north of Rome at Bolsena and to the east of Lake Bolsena, there was a tank battle in June 1944 between the 6th South African Armoured Division and the Hermann Goering Panzer Division.

The site for the cemetery was chosen in November 1944, and graves were brought in from the battlefields between Bolsena and Orvieto. Almost one-third of those buried at Bolsena were South Africans. In 1947, 42 graves were brought into the cemetery (into Plot 4 Rows G and H) from the Island of Elba. The cemetery is on the actual site of the first camp occupied by General Alexander's advanced headquarters after the liberation of Rome and it was here that King George VI visited General Alexander at the end of July 1944.

Bolsena War Cemetery contains 597 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 40 of them unidentified.

The cemetery was designed by Louis de Soissons.

[http://www.cwgc.org/find-a-cemetery/cemetery/164000/BOLSENA%20WAR%20CEMETERY]

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Sarel Coenraad Petrus Herbst, b3c8d2e2f3's Timeline

1912
1912
Lichtenburg, Ngaka Modiri Molema, North West, South Africa
1944
June 22, 1944
Age 32
Italy
1947
1947
Age 32
Italy
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Krugersdorp, West Rand, Gauteng, South Africa