Crypt of Leuven

 

 

 

 

Underneath this massive monument at the municipal cemetery of Leuven is the military crypt. There are two entrances at the bottom of the statue, one on either side.

 

 

 

 

The gate to the crypt is just over a meter high and the staircase in de rear is very steep. People age over 60 and over 6 feet tall, be very careful.

 

The crypt has 100 available boxes of which 93 are occupied by the remains of Belgian soldiers and one by an unknown Russian soldier.

Except for the Russian soldier, we have the names of all Belgian soldiers buried here. However, of 22 of them, for one reason or another, we don’t know exactly in which case their remains are.

In fact, this crypt is partly a mass grave for those 22 soldiers. So we have them all arbitrary assigned one of the remaining unnumbered boxes.

 

 

 

 

 

The above picture shows how the visitor can locate each soldier, except of course, the 22 which we do not know in which box their remains are to be found. In the crypt are five rows of 20 boxes, one next to the other, and stacked five on top of one another.

 

Among our countrymen In the crypt are the remains of eight fallen soldiers of the French Army. Three wounded soldiers landed in Leuven hospitals in the first month of the war. They died because of their injuries when the city was already occupied by the Germans. The five others got sick or were wounded in the final offensive and died after the armistice in Leuven hospitals.

 

It concerns following soldiers of French nationality:

 

FELIX BAURIN was born in Ronchois, Department Seine Inferieure (Fr) on June 7, 1896. He was a soldier in the 19th Battalion foot hunters. Felix died in Leuven on March 10, 1919 of the Spanish flu.

His remains are in Box 4.

 

LOUIS BONNIN was born in Lucé, Department Eure et Lois (FR) on May 13, 1880. Louis was a soldier in the 102nd Infantry Regiment. He died in Leuven on October 6, 1914 from unspecified injuries.

His remains are in box 11.

 

ADOLPHE CONSTANTIN was born in Ceton, Department Orne (FR) on October 13, 1988. He was a soldier in the 19th Battalion foot hunters. Adolphe died in Leuven on February 15, 1919 of the Spanish flu.

His remains are in box 5.

 

PIERRE DELALET was born in Jourgnac, Department Haute-Vienne (FR) on October 7, 1881. Pierre was a gunner in the 34th artillery regiment. He died in Leuven on February 10, 1919 of the Spanish flu.

His remains are in box 6.

 

GUSTAVE LACOINTE was born in Manneville, Department Seine Inferieure (FR) on November 12, 1874. Gustave was a soldier in the 21st Infantry Regiment. He died in Leuven on May 22, 1915 from unspecified injuries.

His remains are located in box 9.

 

Fernand LE SERGENT was born in Notre Dame de Fresnay, Department Calvados (FR) on April 15, 1899. He was a soldier in the 19th Battalion foot hunters. Fernand died in Leuven on March 27, 1919 from unspecified injuries.

His remains are in box 3.

 

Saturin LECOMTE was born in Criel-Sur-Mer, Department Seine Inferieure (FR) on August 15, 1883. Saturin was a soldier in the 128th Infantry Regiment. He died in Leuven on December 12, 1918 of the Spanish flu.

His remains are in box 7.

 

PIERRE LESUEUR was born in Roucherolles en Braye, Department Seine Inferieure (FR) on May 13, 1874. Pierre was a soldier in the 21st Infantry Regiment. He died in Leuven on November 19, 1914 from unspecified injuries.

His remains are located in box 10.

 

In box 8 of this row of French war dead is Joseph Favry (Fabry?). About Joseph we found no concrete data in any database. We have a strong suspicion that Joseph was also a French soldier.

 

 

 

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