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Lyness Cemetery. The last German casualties of World War One.

THE LAST GERMAN CASUALTIES OF WORLD WAR ONE.

Evertsberg

One senior German officers and seven crewmembers were killed during the Scuttle. Today, their bodies lie in the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Lyness on Hoy.

One further casualty happened after the scuttle was over, on the night of 23 / 24 June when a machinistenmaat from the SMS Frankfurt, Kuno Evertsberg, was shot while aboard the battleship, HMS Resolution.

Kuno Evertsberg’s headstone in Lyness will be re-dedicated on June 21 2019 to reflect the real story of his death. A story, recounting his death and the efforts that have been made to correct the historical record, ran in The Orcadian (click here for pdf Evertsberg)

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One mystery still remains. Despite the court reporting in 1920 and the local death Certificate, German literature and the German War Graves records spell the young sailor’s name ‘Evertsberg’ not ‘Eversberg’.

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Evertsberg Death certificate 2

GERMAN SHIPS AND THEIR LOSSES

Ship Type Casualties
SMS Bayern Battleship Hans Hesse
SMS Kronprinz Wilhelm Battleship Karl Bauer
SMS Markgraf Battleship Walter Schumann

Hermann Dittmann

SMS Frankfurt Light Cruiser Kuno Evertsberg
SMS V.126 Torpedoboat Friedrich Beike

Wilhelm Markgraf

Gustav Panrath

SMS V.127 Torpedoboat Karl Funk

German War graves records dating from 1928, record the Germans buried at Lyness, including those that died as a result of the Scuttle.

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Beike

Friedrich Beike, Obermachinist, SM V.126

Dittmann

Hermann Dittman, Oberheizer, SMS Markgraf

Funk

Karl Funk, Heizer, SM V.127

Hesse

Hans Hesse, Signalmaat, SMS Bayern

Markgraf

Wilhelm Markgraf, SM.126

Pankrath

Gustav Pankrath. Obermachinist, SM.126

Schumann

Walter Schumann, Korvettenkapitän, SMS Markgraf

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Karl Bauer, Heizer, SMS Kronprinz Wilhelm