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Cimetière français - Walcourt - Belgique
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member PaulLassiter
N 50° 15.080 E 004° 25.909
31U E 602076 N 5567556
Quick Description: [FR] Cimetière militaire français installé au centre ville de Walcourt et à côté de la Basilique. [EN] French military cemetery located in the centre of Walcourt and next to the Basilica.
Location: Namur, Belgium
Date Posted: 9/18/2019 12:24:28 PM
Waymark Code: WM11AZA
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Jake39
Views: 2

Long Description:
[FR]

"Le 16 mai 1940, obéissant à une mission de sacrifice, 27 soldats français perdent la vie à Walcourt. La bataille oppose la 8e Infanterie-Division allemande à des groupements de la 9e Armée française. Le poste de commandement français est établi à l'hôtel de ville tandis que l'hôpital de 1ère ligne occupe l'église. Le 125e Régiment d'Infanterie reçoit alors l'ordre de couvrir la retraite de la 9e Armée. On ne déplore aucune perte civile mais l'armée française paie là un lourd tribu.

Les soldats ont été enterrés près de la Basilique, dans la cour du cloître, espace réservé aux chanoines et dans les années 50, leurs dépouilles ont été rapatriées sauf une, celle de l'aspirant Vincent Dauchez reposant encore dans le cimetière français."

[EN]

"On May 16, 1940, obeying a sacrifice mission, 27 French soldiers lost their lives at Walcourt. The battle pitted the 8th German Infantry Division against groups of the 9th French Army. The French command post was established at City Hall while the 1st line hospital occupied the church. The 125th Infantry Regiment was then ordered to cover the retreat of the 9th Army... No civilian casualties were reported, but the French army was paying a heavy price.

The soldiers were buried near the Basilica, in the cloister courtyard, a space reserved for the religious people, and in the 1950s, their remains were repatriated except for one, that of the officer aspirant Vincent Dauchez, who was still buried in the French cemetery."

Source: Panneau d'information disposé le long de la Promenade des Remparts - www.walcourt.be
Date cemetery was established: 1950

Visiting hours:
7d/7 24h/24 the cemetary has only 1 grave and is located just next to the Basilica.


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