Aug 202019

The establishment of the Indian National Academy (the Indian Sandhurst), now known as the National Defence Academy, Military Wing, where future Indian army officers are trained, at Premnagar, converted this little village into a fairsized township. During the second world war German and Italian civilians were interned in a camp not far from the Academy. The end of the war resulted in the release of the internees. After the partition of India the empty camp was used to house displaced persons from what is now Pakistan. It has since been converted into a refugee colony. The place is about four miles from Dehra Dun.

Premnagar cemetery

During World War II the Government of India had an internment camp at Premnagar for German and Italian civi­lians. The internees, who died in the camp, were buried in a graveyard nearby. The cost of maintenance was met from the budget head, ‘57-E.Misc.-Expenditure connected with the war-1939 P. ‘Expenditure connected with Internment and Parole Centres-P-2(4)-other charges.’ The cemetery is on a road which takes off from the Dehra Dun-Chakrata road, at a distance of some 6 miles from Dehra Dun. The old intern­ment camp was used to house refugees from Pakistan and is now a colony for displaced persons.

The graveyard is 46 acres in area, which includes the cemetery proper, the vestry, the watchman’s hut and a small plot of land in front of the gate and up to the road to the Ambiwala Tea Estaie.

The S.D.O., Premnagar Sub-division, C.P.W.D., Dehra Dun, made over charge of the cemetery to the honorary secretary of the Dehra Dun Cemetery Committee, the representatives of the High Commissioner for the United Kingdom in India, on April 1, 1948.

No staff is maintained. There is no water supply. The vestry and watchman’s hut, which were in a dilapidated condition, have been dismantled. This is a ‘Closed’ cemetery. As there are to be no more internments, the gate has been walled up.

There are no endowments. No lychgate register was trace­able. The number of German and Italian internees buried here is 53. Their names are given in the list in appendix H. All are non-masonry graves. The internees planted an aloe on each grave and along the paths in the graveyard. These have grown and multiplied exceedingly. The German and Italian Ambassadors in India may possibly like to concentrate the remains of their dead nationals in the Dehra Dun cemetery, in which case the Premnagar graveyard could be given up to the local authorities.

List of World War II German and Italian civilian inter­nees who are buried in the Central Internment Camp Cemetery at Premnagar.

Civilian German Internees


  1. K. Becker, died on 10-8-1943
  2. H. C. Fentsahu, died on 29-9-1943
  3. F. Brodehl, died on 6-9-1943
  4. E. Golfert, died on 28-11-1943
  5. J. Sirkia, died on 16-1-1944
  6. A. Hilienthal, died on 3-5-1944
  7. Maurer, died on 10-5-1944
  8. G. Gritzer, died on 27-5-1944
  9. A.G. Arnoldt, died on 16-6-1944
  10. F.A. Olesse, died on 27-6-1944
  11. F. A. Dnemichan, died on 28-6-1944
  12. W. Beryer, died on 17-7-1944
  13. Jackle, died on 23-9-1944
  14. H. H. Peipa, died on 4-11-1944
  15. Schuff, died on 7-12-1944
  16. R. Heesch, died on 24-4-1945
  17. I. Hessaff, died on 6-5-1945
  18. E. Stenten, died on 17-5-1945
  19. R. Scalle, died on 16-6-1945
  20. A. Ficus, died on 24-6-1945
  21. C. K. J. Holle, died on 8-8-1945
  22. T. Nenfuri, died on 17- 8-1945
  23. H. Hindmeya, died on 26-8-1945
  24. P. J. Moller, died on 6-10-1945
  25. L. K. Kellumann, died on 17-12-1945
  26. P. Linclan, died on 25-12-1945
  27. H. Buch, died on 25-12-1945
  28. T. Menn, died on 31-12-1945
  29. C. Flocter, died on 23-4-1946
  30. C. A. Ballnann, died on 19-6-1946
  31. E. Pocrsehke, died on 8-8-1946
  32. N. Kasugaff, died on 24-8-1946
  33. V. Enster, died on 3-11-1946
  34. Treilemann, died on 23-11-1946
  35. H. Hackut, died on 30-11-1946
  36. Ehlers, died on 7-3-1947
  37. F. H. Hercusan, died on 31-3-1947
  38. Roth, died on 23-7-1947

Civilian German & Italian Internees & one Italian POW


  1. L. Sanerer, died on 17-10-1943
  2. A. Terwoenen, died on 5-3-1944
  3. H. K. Hocher, died on 9-3-1944
  4. Lt-Col. G. Romano, died on 3-4-1944 (Prisoner of War)
  5. Pater P. Horuannsj, died on 21-10-1944
  6. L. A. Rossbacker, died on 6-12-1944
  7. J. W. Hanelike, died on 13-1-1945
  8. H. Vehick, died on 2-7-1946
  9. G. Morona, died on 3-7-1945
  10. W. Finker, died on 7-10-1945
  11. G. Marine, died on 25-11-1945
  12. C. J. Ascubrenner, died on 13-3-1946
  13. J. B. Rach, died on 30-6-1946
  14. E. Pernico, died on 23-7-1946
  15. A. Jesionwath, died on 31-7-1946

Source: Valley of the doon, A. R. Gill, Dehra Dun 1952, p. 30, 86-87, 157-159