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Champion, Rue de Fernelmont

 

 

 

 

The military cemetery in Champion is reached best by car using the freeway Brussels-Namur to arrive in Champion.

Driving from Brussels towards Namur, the Champion exit (13) is 2 miles past the intersection of the E411 with the E42.

On the Leuvensesteenweg turn left up to the second traffic light. Turn right at the traffic light and follow the street that death-ends at the Rue de Fernelmont. Take a left and at the end of the Bois de Grande Salle one sees the military cemetery on the right. From the Namur railway station there is also a bus. The distance is about 3 miles.

 

In October 2013, the gravestones were sandblasted with remarkable results.

 

The military cemetery seems to be an extension of the great forest of Grand Salle. Our heroes are buried here under ancient trees. In the middle and towards the back near the hideous monument there is some open space.

 

Here are the tombstones of 485 soldiers from the First World War, whereoff 176 are without identity. There is also one Belgian grave from World War II. All of this on a surface of ​1.8 acres.

 

These heroes all got killed at the defense of Fort Marchovelette and the Namur citadel in August 1914 in the first month of the war.

 

 

 

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