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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Dutch Soldiers

The Dutch soldiers who died in Limburg or with a connection to Limburg during the Second World War consist of three groups:

  1. Those who tried to stop the German invasion in May 1940. On the Valkenburg section of this Digital Monument, two of them are listed These Dutch conscripts died on May 10, 1944, the first day of the German invasion. One died in our municipality, the other one came from here.
  2. The soldiers demobilized by the Germans, who consequently had to start a new life. This was often in the police, fire department, customs and the like. They are therefore not included in the list below. If they resisted, it was almost always with the O.D. or Ordedienst
    Since he died as a prisoner of war, one of the demobilized is nevertheless listed below: Eddy Meulenberg from Nijmegen. He was a sergeant at the surrender of the Dutch army in May 1940, was demobilized and became a member of a combat group until he had to go into captivity. There, too, he resisted by refusing to work. He returned home sick and died in Nijmegen in July 1945. (We also consider Nijmegen here because the resistance there was so closely linked to that in Limburg that it became part of the Limburg region of the L.O. after 1943, even though the city is not part of the province of Limburg).
  3. On September 5, 1944, the Binnenlandse Strijdkrachten (Domestic Forces) were founded, as an umbrella organization for the resistance groups LO/LKP, OD and RVV. A clear distinction emerged between the liberated and non-liberated areas. They were composed of members of the armed resistance and guard troops.
    See Binnenlandse Strijdkrachten.

Dutch Soldiers – 13 pers.   ⇒All the fallen resistance people in Limburg
Ahout,
Ger
∗ 1919-12-18
Deurne
† 1945-02-17
Bergen (L)
dutch soldier - L.O. - K.P. - The outskirts of Limburg - RVV - Zwarte Plak - Gerardus Wilhelmus Johannes Petrus Ahout was a member of the LO-KP [1] and of the RVV [2] in Deurne. During the liberation of the south of the Netherlands, the  …


This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.03-01
Bos,
Louis
∗ 1924-11-10
Helden
† 1944-09-25
Neerkant Liessel
Helden - dutch soldier - Ordedienst - Louis Bos lived in Helden [1]. Son of the farmers Wilhelmus Bos and Anna Elisabeth Wolters. Unmarried. Farmer. Roman Catholic. [2]
The person in question was in hiding in Deurne and belonged to the OD there. Was shot by the Germans during the recapture …


This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.
Droogleever-Fortuyn,
Kees
∗ 1922-04-10
Amsterdam
† 1944-09-07
Mauthausen
Maastricht - dutch soldier - Studied in Leiden, traveled to England via Gibraltar with his fellow student Louis d’Aulnis and was trained by the Secret Intelligence Service [1] or MI6 (Military Intelligence, Section 6). He was dropped in the night of 24 to 25 September 1942 at Balloo in the province of Drenthe to …

wall: left, row 30-03
Heuschen,
Harry
∗ 1922-06-21
Vaals
† 1945-04-26
Bad Dürrheim Kr. Villingen
Vaals - dutch soldier - forced labor - Hendrik Eduard Joseph Marie Heuschen was a trade correspondent. From his short biographynbsp;[1]: Among other things, he helped among others Jewish people in hiding. Arrested on December 16, 1942, ended up as a slave in Germany. There he helped prisoners of war to escape. …

wall: right, row 26-01
Lemmen,
Gerardus Johann Willy
Gerard
∗ 1926-11-20
Bocholtz (L)
† 1944-12-16
Antwerpen
Tegelen - dutch soldier - Gerard Lemmen was a metalworker. The five friends Gerard Lemmen, Gerard Rooskens, Piet Saelmans, Reinier Schampers and  …

wall: right, row 23-02
Meulenberg,
Edmundus Johannes
Eddy
∗ 1919-01-26
Nijmegen
† 1945-07-04
Nijmegen
dutch soldier - early resistance - L.O. - K.P. - The outskirts of Limburg - Eddy Meulenberg was a conscript sergeant at the time of the surrender of the Dutch Army in May 1940. He was a member of the Nijmegen Knokploeg (combat group), together with his friends Jules Moormann,  …

This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.
Rijnders,
Johannes Hubertus
Jan
∗ 1920-07-12
Valkenswaard
† 1944-10-18
Aachen
dutch soldier - person in hiding - Secret Army (B) - Jan Rijnders was a tax consultant and member of the Resistance. [4]
He was from Valkenswaard and is also buried there. During the war he worked with the White Brigade or Secret Army in Belgium. [1#3]
During the German occupation, he went into hiding to …


This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.
Rooskens,
Gerardus Martinus
Gerard /Broer
∗ 1926-11-13
Tegelen
† 1944-12-16
Antwerpen
Tegelen - dutch soldier - Electrician. The five friends Gerard Lemmen, Gerard Rooskens, Piet Saelmans, Reinier Schampers and  …
wall: right, row 22-02
Saelmans,
Petrus Cornelis
Piet
∗ 1925-11-25
Tegelen
† 1944-12-16
Antwerpen
Tegelen - dutch soldier - Cigar maker. The five friends Gerard Lemmen, Gerard Rooskens, Piet Saelmans, Reinier Schampers and  …
wall: right, row 21-06
Saive,
Jozef
∗ 1924-04-23
Vaals
† 1945-03-20
Vaals
Vaals - dutch soldier - Ordedienst - Photo: detail of the monument dedicated to Jeu Saive on the Belgian border in the Vijlenerbos or Schimperbos. (Wikimedia)

Jozef (nickname …


This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.04-25

Schampers,
Reinier
Rein
∗ 1924-04-21
Tegelen
† 1944-12-16
Antwerpen
Tegelen - dutch soldier - Reinier Schampers was a metalworker. The five friends Gerard Lemmen, Gerard Rooskens, Piet Saelmans, Reinier Schampers and  …

wall: right, row 22-03
Scholten,
Nicolaas Wilhelmus
Nico
∗ 1925-04-01
Tegelen
† 1944-12-16
Antwerpen
Tegelen - dutch soldier - Nico Scholten was a metal worker. The five friends Gerard Lemmen, Gerard Rooskens, Piet Saelmans,  …
wall: right, row 23-03
Schortinghuis,
Jacobus Reinder
Bob (van de recherche)
∗ 1923-02-14
Delfzijl
† 1945-04-25
Hedel
Nijmegen - dutch soldier - K.P. - Student - The outskirts of Limburg - Koos Schortinghuis was a member of the Knokploeg (armed group) of Nijmegen [1] and as such was qualified to join the Dutch army after the liberation of Nijmegen. He died as a member of the Prinses Irene Brigade [2][7]. Rank: soldier OVW (Oorlogsvrijwilliger = war volunteer).
On the …


This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.