A soldier of the 9th Royal Irish Fusiliers has been commemorated in a new Commonwealth War Cemetery. A full report, video and slide show can be seen here: The Heilsberg 39.
Private John Ernest Partridge was born in London in 1899. He enlisted on 21 March 1917, aged 17, and was one of the large draft of men from The London Regiment that joined the 9th (North Irish Horse) Battalion, Princess Victoria’s (Royal Irish Fusiliers) on 6 April 1918. He was captured less than a week later on 12 April 1918 in the actions between Wulverghem and Kemmel.
Reported wounded, Private Partridge died of ‘general weakness’ at Heilsberg Prisoner of War Camp in East Prussia on 27 October 1918, aged 19. He was one of thirty-nine British soldiers who were buried in Heilsberg Prisoner of War Cemetery. Heilsberg, then a small town in East Prussia, is now Lidzbark Warmiński, Poland. The graves of these men, among a number of mass graves, could not be maintained and the men were commemorated on the Malbork Memorial, in Malbork Commonwealth War Cemetery. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has now erected headstones in a new Commonwealth War Cemetery at Lidzbark Warmiński, which was dedicated on 16 May 2014.