Lest We Forget
Those that died in the Amherst Camp were buried in the local Amherst cemetery. Then in 1970 they were disinterred and their remains sent to Kitchener Ontario for burial along with all prisoners of war remains from across the Country. A monument was erected in the Amherst Cemetery with the names of 11 men of the 13 men who died in the camp. These names and what we could find out about them are listed here.
Alois Clemens (Clement)
Aged 24, single, father’s name not known, was born in Germany. He was a Roman Catholic. He died on June 1,1915. Cause of death was “bullet wound, abdomen”; he died 10 minutes after being shot. The attending physician was Dr. William Ross.
Emil Kohlemann (Kohnemauer)
Aged 39, born in Hornitz Mandau, Germany. Married, Sailor. He died on June 16, 1915 of “Acute Bright’s disease, Uremic”. He was attended by Dr. William Ross.
Fritz Claus (Ritz Clauss)
Aged 22, single, born in Germany. He was Protestant. He died June 25, 1915 of a “gunshot wound” (shot to death by a guard, in a camp riot. He was attended by Dr. William Ross.
Hermann Scheifhaken (Hermon Schufheken)
Aged 35 years, born in Rothausen, Germany. Married and of the Lutheran faith. Sailor. He died on April 17, 1916, of “Diabetes and Heart Failure, after an illness of six weeks”. His physician was Dr. A.G. Mackintosh.
Karl Cast (Gast)
Aged 39 years, single, father’s name unknown. He was born in Tilsit, East Prussia, Germany. He was a stoker in the German navy. He was of the Lutheran faith. He died in 1916 of “Hypostasis, Dementia, Pneumonia”. His physician was Dr. A.G. Mackintosh.
Aged 49, born in Konigsburg, East Prussia, Germany. Otto was German Protestant. He was married to, we believe, Anna (at least that was what was written on his information paper and then crossed out). He died on July 21, 1916, of “Wood Alcohol (poisoning), hear failure”, after an illness of 30 days. Attending physician was Dr. A.G. Mackintosh.
He was of the Lutheran faith. Kurt was born in Thoringen, Germany and was single. His father’s name was K.Becker. He died on August 1916 “shot by sentry” Attending physician was Dr. A.G. Mackintosh.
Paul Prietzel (Paul Frietzel)
He was 24 years of age, single and of the Lutheran faith. He was born in Berlin , Germany. His father was deceased. Paul died on August 31, 1917 of “Typhoid Fever” after an illness of 9 days. His attending physician was Lt. B.E. Goodwin.
He was a 23 year old single man. Joachim was born in Hamburg, Germany, father’s name unknown. He died of “pneumonia” on November 18, 1918. His physician was Lt. B.E. Goodwin.
Josef Fortmann (Fawnmann)
Josef was 36 years of age, and was born in Vechte, Grand Duchy of Oldenburg, Germany. He was married and a stone mason, either in Nova Scotia or somewhere in Canada. He appears to have been interned simply because he had been born in Germany. On January 8, 1919 he died of ”Ulcers on stomach, Hemorrhage of bowels”. His physician was Lt. B.E. Goodwin.
Hinrich Harms (Heinrich Harms)
He was a 45 year old man married to Johanna. Heinrich was a sea pilot, and Warrant Officer in the German Navy. He was born in Amt Jeve, Oldenburg. A city in northwest Germany (Jever). He died on January 14, 1919 – three months after the war ended. Not all prisoners had yet been returned to their country of origin or returned to their area of Canada.
He was aged 26 years and single. He was born in Germany and was a soldier. No one seems to have known much about him. He died on February 1919 of “Pneumonia”. His attending physician was Lieut. B.E. Goodwin. His name is not on the memorial stone in the Amherst Cemetery and no one seems to know why.
Johann died on June 29th, 1919 in Amherst, Cumberland County; Matrose (Sailor) Jacobs, who was a sailor in the German Navy during the First World War, died in the Amherst Internment Camp from neuritis. His marital status not noted, he was a Protestant, born in Germany and he was 54 years of age.
It is said that one should always remember who the person was that died and not what circumstances brought them to their death. In the case of these men that is very much what we should remember as best we can, as they have become part of Amherst’s history.