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1940-1945. The resistance in the dutch province of Limburg



Survivor of the resistance in Meerssen

Liberated: 1944-09-17

Memorial stone for the resistance people Coenen and Francotte

The municipality of Meerssen also includes Ulestraten and thus the hamlet of Waterval with the farm Wijngaardshof. The farmer there, Jan Frans Antoon Horsmans, was a member of the Knokploeg Zuid-Limburg (South Limburg Command Group), whose headquarters were located on his farm. Until suddenly, on Mad Tuesday (September 5, 1944), news came that retiring German soldiers were to be quartered there. Sjeng Coenen and Joep Francotte, who had just successfully participated in the liberation of 80 prisoners in Maastricht, had to hurry to hide some stolen German vehicles in the forest. When they returned to the farm, they attracted attention and were arrested. This was the beginning of a ordeal through the hotels in Valkenburg where the officers were housed. Finally they were shot on the Cauberg in Valkenburg.
See for more info: Two Resistance Men Shot on the Cauberg

The fallen resistance people in Limburg

Meerssen – 4 pers.

Theodorus Gertrudis Hubertus
∗ 1904-02-04
† 1962-05-19
- Aid to People in Hiding L.O. - Meerssen - The clergy - Survivors -

Vicar in Meerssen since 1928, 1944 pastor of the male youth work in Limburg, pastor of a parish in Roermond. Pierre Schunck of the L.O. Valkenburg wrote: “In 1942 I heard from
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Hees, van
Johannes Hubertus Augustinus
∗ 1922-04-24
† 1944-12-24
- Meerssen - Forced Labor -

Some information about Jan van Hees can be found at, but that is little. [1]
They wonder, whether he was called Johannes, Hans or Jan. We could choose Jan, because that is the …

wall: left, row 37-05
Franciscus Hubertus Antonius
∗ 1881-12-26
† 1943-11-22
kamp Vught
- Maastricht - Meerssen - Ordedienst (O.D.) -

Frans Henderson’s father was a NCO in the 2nd Infantry Regiment in Maastricht. [1#1]
Frans married Maria Francisca Geertsen on August 17, 1907 in Nijmegen [2]. The family moved …

This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.-
Henri Hubert
Harry, “De Wit”
∗ 1914-12-21
† 1944-08-18
- Forced Labor - White Brigade (Belgium) - Belgium - Elsloo - Meerssen -

A detailed biographical description of Harry Schepers can be found on [1].
There we read the following about the tailor and goalkeeper of the first team of the Marsana …

wall: left, row 07-03