Name: Dragan Dimitrijević
Date of birth: –
Place of birth: –
District (current): –
Date and place of death: 27-01-1919, Apeldoorn
Name on Monument in Garderen: –
Military unit: –
Official Dutch death certificate
Dutch certificate number: Apeldoorn 1919 No. 105
Name: Dragan Drimitijewitsj
Place of death: Apeldoorn
Family information: –
On 28 January 1919 the death was reported in Apeldoorn of the Serbian Dragan Dimitrijević. He died on 27 January 1919 at 4 AM. According to his post-mortem examination het had died of “Spanish flu with pneumonia”.
On 29 January he was buried in Garderen, in the common grave where all Serbian soldiers who died in the army camp near Milligen are laid to rest.
On 29 or 30 January, the commandant of the “New-PoW camp Milligen”, captain W.G.M. Gaillard, found out that a mistake must have occurred. In the field hospital Dragan Dimitrijević had woken up from his severe illness. It was not him, but Vasilije Simonović who had died on 27 January. The two men had been confused, but the dead had been buried in the meantime.
On January 31 Edward Townsend, aged forty-five years, administrator of the prisoner of war camp, together with Hendrik Mus, usher, went to Apeldoorn to declare the death, on 27 January 1919, 4 AM, ofVasilije Simonović. The municipality of Apeldoorn subsequently forgot to destroy the death certificate of Dragan Dimitrijević.
Only in late December 2015 the mystery of Dragan Dimitrijević was solved, when at the National Archives in The Hague the weekly reports from 1918 and 1919 of the New PoW Camp Milligen were discovered, which showed that Dragan Dimitrijević had no grave because he did not decease in the camp. He had been taken for another victim.