|| 1892 - 1942|
||5 Nov 1892
||Oberöwisheim, , Baden-Württemberg, Germany
|Eby ID Number
||22 Dec 1942
||Woodland Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario
||13 Apr 2017 |
- Wilhelm Bach was born in Oberwoesheim, Bavaria. He was a veteran of the First World War and a British POW. After the war, he married, raised a family, and became a Lutheran minister in Mannheim. Before the Second World War, he was called up to the military. He served in Africa, where he was promoted to Major and was awarded the Knight's Cross. He courageously defended the Halfaya Pass (named "Hellfire Pass" by the Allies) until supply lines were cut and he surrendered on Jan. 17, 1942. As a POW, he was brought to Canada where he died of cancer later that year. He was very well-liked by his men, who carved a wooden marker for his grave which stands in the corner of the cemetery, separate from his burial plot.
Source: Rommel's Desert Commanders, by Samuel W. Mitcham Jr., Greenwood Publishing Group Inc., 2007.