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1940-1945. The resistance 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 here.
    There was a memorial plaque for the 47 Dutch soldiers who died defending South Limburg in May 1940. It was located on the St. Servaas bridge over the Meuse in Maastricht. Due to numerous spelling mistakes in the names, it was repaced on May 10, 2017. See Nederlandse militairen WOII, Dutch soldiers WWII. 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.

All the fallen resistance people in Limburg

Dutch Soldiers – 27 pers.

Ahout,
Ger
∗ 1919-12-18
Deurne
† 1945-02-17
Bergen (L)
- Aid to People in Hiding L.O. - Knokploegen (K.P.) - Limburg + - Dutch Soldiers - Zwarte Plak - Raad van Verzet (RVV) -

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
Arts,
Lodewijk Peter Antonius
Louis
∗ 1925-08-13
Venray
† 1944-10-04
Venlo
- Venray - Forced Labor - Unorganized resistance - Dutch Soldiers - Intelligence -

Louis Arts was an apprentice plasterer. He worked as a forced laborer on a farm in Germany and took advantage of that by helping other forced laborers across the nearby border. He did so outside …

wall: right, row 31-02
Bleijs (Bleys),
Ludovicus (Ludo) Adrianus
Lodewijk
∗ 1906-10-17
Tilburg
† 1945-08-15
Gorinchem
- Aid to People in Hiding L.O. - Knokploegen (K.P.) - Engelandvaarders - Roermond -

Ludo Bleijs’ surname is also spelled Bleys, and sometimes Louis is given as his first name. His resistance name was Lodewijk. During the war he was a member of the Redemptorist monastery in …


This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.04-03
Bos,
Louis
∗ 1924-11-10
Helden
† 1944-09-25
Neerkant Liessel
- Helden - Ordedienst (O.D.) - Dutch Soldiers - People in hiding -

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 …

This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.
Colleije (Colleye),
Josephus Hubertus Theodorus
Jozef
∗ 1921-07-27
Eys (Wittem)
† 1949-01-25
Nijmegen
- Police - Unorganized resistance - Simpelveld - Engelandvaarders -

Information about Jozef Colleije we find mainly at the website of the municipality of Simpelveld:In the late 30’s and early 40’s he was in the ceramic art workshop in Tegelen. …
wall: right, row 17-01
Crasborn,
Jacobus Reinier Peter
Jacques
∗ 1916-04-12
Ittervoort
† 1987-11-26
Heerlen
- Knokploegen (K.P.) - Survivors - BS (Domestic Forces) - Dutch Soldiers -

Jacques Crasborn, from Ittervoort, decided after four years of high school to study for mine surveyor. On January 1, 1940, he was employed in this profession at the Oranje Nassau IV mine. His …

More in our story Resistance in Valkenburg
Droogleever-Fortuyn,
Kees
∗ 1922-04-10
Amsterdam
† 1944-09-07
Mauthausen
- Maastricht - Engelandvaarders -

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, …

wall: left, row 30-03
Heuschen,
Harry
∗ 1922-06-21
Vaals
† 1945-04-26
Bad Dürrheim Kr. Villingen
- Vaals - Forced Labor - Dutch Soldiers -

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 …
wall: right, row 26-01
Huntjens,
Cornelis Franciscus
Frans
∗ 1916-08-11
Schin op Geul
† 1940-05-10
Nijswiller
- - Dutch Soldiers -

Draftee MC-III-37 R.I., killed during the German invasion on May 10, 1940 in Nijswiller near casemate No. 1.
According to the municipality, he fell “… while standing at his post on May …

Kerres,
Hub.
∗ 1924-06-30
Kerkrade
† 1944-08-30
Buchenwald
- Engelandvaarders - Studenten - Kerkrade -

The student Hubert Joseph Kerres lived in Kerkrade. His father Mathias came from the German-speaking Eynatten near Eupen, which is now Belgian again, mother Maria Hubertina from Horbach, from …

wall: middel, row 13-02
Kooten, van
Bep
∗ 1914-12-12
Laren N.H.
† 1979-06-20
Hilversum
- Klimmen - Survivors - Aid to People in Hiding L.O. - Knokploegen (K.P.) - BS (Domestic Forces) - Dutch Soldiers -

Bep (B.J.C.) van Kooten, temporarily leader of the LO Klimmen and, for the sub-district of Valkenburg, contact person to the KP (“Knokploegen”, armed groups), sabotage specialist of the …

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Kuypers /Kuijpers,
Willy
Wim
∗ 1917-06-14
Heer
† 1944-03-20
Bourdon, dépt. Somme
- Engelandvaarders - Heer -

Willy or Wim Kuypers was an electrician. The correct spelling of his surname is Kuypers and not Kuijpers. [1]
He fled to England via detours (Vichy part of France, Spain, Curaçao, New …

wall: left, row 14-04
Lemmen,
Gerardus Johann Willy
Gerard
∗ 1926-11-20
Bocholtz (L)
† 1944-12-16
Antwerpen
- Engelandvaarders - Tegelen -

Gerard Lemmen was a metalworker. The five friends Gerard Lemmen, Gerard Rooskens, Piet Saelmans, …
wall: right, row 23-02
Leuken, van
Wilhelmus Mathijs
Willem
∗ 1919-12-30
Weert
† 1945-04-10
Beesel
- Weert - BS (Domestic Forces) - Dutch Soldiers -

Wilhelmus Mathijs van Leuken was a cutter in a tricotage factory [1] and a member of the N.B.S. (Nederlandse Binnenlandse Strijdkrachten = Dutch Domestic Forces)
Later they were usually …

wall: right, row 35-04
Maassen,
Armand Guillaume Henri
Armand
∗ 1920-01-03
Maastricht
† 1943-02-10
Leusden
- Engelandvaarders - Maastricht - Studenten -

The student Armand Maassen was a sailor in the Roal Dutch Navy until his demobilization by the Germans. [1]
In September 1941, he crossed by canoe to England, where he …

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Meulenberg,
Edmundus Johannes
Eddy
∗ 1919-01-26
Nijmegen
† 1945-07-04
Nijmegen
- Aid to People in Hiding L.O. - Knokploegen (K.P.) - Dutch Soldiers - Limburg + - Initial resistance -

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

This person is not (yet?) listed on the walls of the chapel.
Mirck,
Evert Leendert
∗ 1907-10-29
Rotterdam
† 1940-05-10
Schin op Geul
- Dutch Soldiers -

Dutch conscript, killed in Schin op Geul on the first day of the war. We read about him on the link below: there were three S-casemates with a light machine gun. One of them near …
More in our story Resistance in Valkenburg
Nieskens,
Hendrik Johan Marie
Harrie
∗ 1924-10-11
Kessel (L)
† 1944-12-30
Weert
- Knokploegen (K.P.) - BS (Domestic Forces) - Dutch Soldiers - Kessel -

Harrie was a member of the B.S. (Binnenlandse Strijdkrachten = Domestic Forces, an alliance of the three main Dutch resistance organizations officially formed on September 5, 1944 [1]) and …

wall: left, row 26-03
Nieuwland,
Carlos M.
∗ 1923-07-30
Fort de Kock, NOI
† 1944-02-24
Buchenwald
- Engelandvaarders - Studenten - Venray -

Fort de Kock is the old name for Bukittinggi in Indonesia. Carlos’ father was an officer in the KNIL, the colonial army in what was then the Dutch East Indies. Carlos attended the IC high school …

wall: right, row 32-02
Rijnders,
Johannes Hubertus
Jan
∗ 1920-07-12
Valkenswaard
† 1944-10-18
Aachen
- People in hiding - White Brigade (Belgium) - Dutch Soldiers -

Jan Rijnders was a tax consultant and member of the Resistance.
He was from Valkenswaard and is also buried there. During the war he worked with the White Brigade or Secret Army in …

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
- Engelandvaarders - Tegelen -

Electrician. The five friends Gerard Lemmen, Gerard Rooskens, Piet Saelmans,
wall: right, row 22-02
Saelmans,
Petrus Cornelis
Piet
∗ 1925-11-25
Tegelen
† 1944-12-16
Antwerpen
- Engelandvaarders - Tegelen -

Cigar maker. The five friends Gerard Lemmen, Gerard Rooskens, Piet Saelmans,
wall: right, row 21-06
Saive,
Jozef
∗ 1924-04-23
Vaals
† 1945-03-20
Vaals
- Ordedienst (O.D.) - Vaals - Dutch Soldiers - BS (Domestic Forces) -

Photo: detail of the monument dedicated to Jeu Saive on the Belgian border in the Vijlenerbos or Schimperbos. (

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
- Engelandvaarders - Tegelen -

Reinier Schampers was a metalworker. The five friends Gerard Lemmen, Gerard Rooskens,
wall: right, row 22-03
Scholten,
Nicolaas Wilhelmus
Nico
∗ 1925-04-01
Tegelen
† 1944-12-16
Antwerpen
- Engelandvaarders - Tegelen -

Nico Scholten was a metal worker. The five friends Gerard Lemmen, Gerard Rooskens,
wall: right, row 23-03
Wauthlé,
Joseph Marie Hubertus
Jozef
∗ 1923-07-15
Mechelen (L)
† 1944-11-27
Brandenburg
- Engelandvaarders - Forced Labor - Unorganized resistance - Wittem -

Jozef Wauthlé was a lathe operator. He is friends with Sjeu Wetzels from Schweiberg. They decide to go to England together in order to liberate the fatherland from there. They …
wall: right, row 39-03
Zomer,
Johannes J.
Hans
∗ 1920-11-06
Probolinggo
† 1942-05-11
Oranienburg
- Engelandvaarders - Ordedienst (O.D.) - Studenten - OD trial of Maastricht - Initial resistance - Intelligence -

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