Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Friday, March 27, 2015

Burial Sites of Notable World War I Participants

From Regular Contributor Steve Miller

Archduke Franz Ferdinand and Sophia, Duchess of Hohenberg 

Józef Piłsudski, Wawel Cathedral, Kraków, Poland

Henry Gunther, 79th Division AEF, Last Man Killed in Action in WWI

Quentin and Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., U.S. Cemetery, Normandy

Considered by Pershing the Outstanding Soldier of the AEF

Capt. Edward Rickenbacker, 94th Aero Squadron, AEF

Alfred Dreyfus, Montparnasse Cemetery, Paris

Norman Prince, Founding Member of the Lafayette Escadrille
National Cathedral, Washington DC

Manfred von Richthofen, South Cemetery, Wiesbaden, Germany

Lothar von Richthofen, South Cemetery, Wiesbaden, Germany

Wilhelm II, Huis Doorn, Utrechtse Heuvelrug, Netherlands


  1. Have you seen Franz and Sophia's open crypt?

  2. Yes - that's my photo.

    Steve Miller,

    1. Then there are facsimile figures of Franz and Sophia?

  3. Fascinating -- especially the graves of the three unknown soldiers who were not interred in Arlington. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Thank you for sharing these with us. The sites look so well maintained, it is encouraging to see that there is a following and that resources are being allocated for them. Are all these your photos, have you considered leading a tour of these sites, maybe MH?

  5. I'm glad you enjoyed the photos. They are indeed all mine.

    As for a tour visits to the gravesites might be possible if incorporated into other regional touring sites.

    Regarding the previous question about facsimile figures of Franz and Sophia, the only objects in the crypt are the two coffins. Schloss Artstettin is the Franz Ferdinand Museum, and worth a visit by anyone who has studied the Great War.

    Steve Miller