SAMUEL PRESTON Rank: Fusilier Service No: 3444998 Date of Death: 19/09/1943 Age: 29 Regiment/Service: Lancashire Fusiliers 1/8th Bn. Grave Reference 2A. C. 4. Cemetery KRAKOW RAKOWICKI CEMETERY Additional Information: Son of Samuel and Ivy Preston, of Patricroft, Lancashire; husband of Edith Preston, of Patricroft.
Krakow Rakowicki Cemetery At the end of the Second World War, the graves service of the British Army of the Rhine gathered together Commonwealth graves from all over Poland into three cemeteries, this being the largest.
Those buried here died while prisoners of war during the German occupation, most of the graves coming from the cemetery at the large camp at Lamsdorf, Stalag VIIIB (after 1943 known as Stalag 344), where there was a hospital of 450 beds used only for Commonwealth prisoners. Before this hospital came into being the sick at Lamsdorf were treated at the hospital at Langenbielau: those who died were buried in Langenbielau Catholic Cemetery, and these graves were also moved to the Commonwealth plot at Krakow.