The fallen resistance fighters in the dutch province of Limburg
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The fallen resistance fighters in the dutch province of Limburg

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Beesel


Liberated: 1945-03-01

Beesel – 5 pers.   ⇒All the fallen resistance people in Limburg
Gommans,
Henk
∗ 1921-07-07
Beesel
† 1944-10-08
Belfeld
Beesel - L.O. - Hendrikus Wilhelmus M. Gommans, 23 years old, gardener, residing Keulscheweg 502 in Beesel. According to maastrichtsevelstenen.nl/ he was born on July 7, 1927 in Reuver. Leader of the Jonge Wacht (Young Guard) in Beesel. Based on a statement by Freimuth and some notes found on K.P. member B.P.L. Verstappen, who was shot on August 20, Janssen and Gommans were found guilty, He was shot by German soldiers on October 8, 1944, at Patersweg in Belfeld for resisting (Belfeld Civil Registry Archive, document 16/1944).
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Janssen,
Cor
∗ 1918-02-22
Sevenum
† 1944-10-07
Beesel
Beesel - K.P. - In the spring of 1944, a Kampfgruppe (K.P.) Reuver was formed by B. Verstappen. Members were also J.H. Goossens, Cor Janssen, M.J. Pereira, a hider from The Hague, A.M. Roelofs and B. Hegger. An air raid bunker on the Patersweg in Belfeld, which had long served as a transit station for prisoners of war, was used as a meeting place. (Cammaert VIb p. 588)
On October 5, a squad led by W. Freimuth of the Geheime Feldpolizei (Secret police of the army) arrested Cor Janssen from Sevenum, who worked as a farmhand on the Franssen family farm. He was imprisoned in the town hall (Cammaert VIb p. 587). Nitsch informed his boss Ströbel, who gave the order to liquidate Janssen and Gommans. That same evening Schut and Grootjans shot C. Janssen in the woods between Reuver and Beesel.
in memoriam card.
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Rijnders,
Harrie
Harrie
∗ 1914-12-29
Swalmen
† 1942-09-14
Dachau (D)
Beesel - priest - Hendrikus Leonardus Hubertus Rijnders was chaplain in Saint Quentin and pastor in Gricourt. Arrested on July 17th, 1941 while on vacation at his parents’ in Reuver. With 150 other prisoners he was gassed. On April 17, 1948 the city council of Reuver decided to call a street after him.
In memoriam card
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Ummels,
Anton Hubert
∗ 1894-07-15
Amby
† 1944-08-30
Belfeld
Beesel - Reuver - L.O. - K.P. - police - Antonius Hubertus Ummels had the rank of Opperwachtmeester in the police, which was generally associated with the function of station chief. He belonged to the LO in Reuver, moreover its combat group KP.
Dr. Fred Cammaert wrote (Chapter VIb p. 589): “A truck driver, who had observed the arrest of Pereira by people of the A.K.D. from a distance, hurried to Reuver and informed Verstappen and the opperwachtmeester A.H. Ummels. Both went to Pereira’s diving address. Near the farm of the Janssen family, Pereira’s hosts, a gunfight ensued between A.K.D. man Sabbé, who was on guard outside, and Verstappen. The latter was fatally hit in hiss forehead and chest. Ummels, who arrived a little later, was arrested. Ummels, Pereira and the remains of Verstappen were taken to a barracks in Blerick. … Ummels and Pereira were shot dead by Nitsch and Conrad on the railroad line between Belfeld and Reuver on the orders of Ströbel of the Maastricht Sicherheitspolizei.
in memoriam card”.
More about the very violent AKD-police, see on top of the list of fallen resistants in Venlo, where they were based.
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Verstappen,
Bernardus Petrus Lambertus
∗ 1914-04-23
Reuver
† 1944-08-30
Belfeld
Beesel - K.P. - In the spring of 1944, Ben Verstappen, 30 years old, merchant, residing at Keulscheweg 597 in Reuver, had formed a K.P.(combat group), which was affiliated with the regional K.P.-Noord-Limburg under the leadership of H.J.H. Bouten from Velden. Besides Verstappen, it included Anton Hubert Ummels, J.H. Goossens, G. Janssen, M.J. Pereira, a person in hiding (“diver”) from The Hague, A.M. Roelofs, and B. Hegger. An air-raid shelter on the Patersweg in Belfeld, which had long served as a transit station for escaped Allied prisoners of war, was used as a meeting place. (Cammaert VIb p. 588).
Ben Verstappen was shot at Patersweg in Belfeld (Registry Office Belfeld, document 15/1944). For more see Anton Hubert Ummels.
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