Our 10 youngest military casualties

 

 

Caution

To determine which soldiers were the ten oldest military casualties of WWI, at the time of their death, we took into consideration the 19,602 casualties only of which we have their date of birth and date of death.

These statistic exclude 1,004 casualties of which we have pictures of their graves but we donít have their data on birth and death.

We also cannot take into account the unknown and missing soldiers, probably more than 10,000, or the soldiers who disappeared from civil cemeteries where they once rested.

We can only draw conclusions from the data available.

 

 

The story of Henri Moureau, who came to visit his father in Harderwijk and died, probably of the Spanish flu, is told elsewhere on this website. He is the youngest boy who is buried in a Belgian military cemetery.  There is no evidence that he was a soldier.

 

Barely older, 15 years and two months, R. Freels died in Heerlen on May 24, 1918. Again, we assume, because there is no military file and we do not even have the full name, we are dealing with a similar case as that of Henri Moureau. Freels is buried in the mass grave of Heerlen, along with 14 real soldiers. We do not really count these two boys.

 

 

Our youngest military victim does have a military record.

Dominicus Dierickx was born in Sint-Jans-Molenbeek on January 2, 1901.

He was a soldier in the 14th infantry regiment, and when he died on June 6, 1916, he was not even fifteen and a half years old.

He is buried in tomb 1280 of the military cemetery of Adinkerke.

Jozef Vanhoudenhove was 1th sergeant in the 6th regiment of volunteers when he was killed at the age of 15 years and ten months in Zarren.

He was born in Kraainem on November 23, 1898 and died in Zarren on September 13, 1914.

He is buried in grave I-0089 in De Panne.

Here we do have some reservations about, because on September 13, 1914 the war had not come to Zarren yet.

Both dates are on his his gravestone, while we could find confirmation from a second source of his place of death.

He might have had a freak accident in Zarren.

Charles D'Orjo de Wez De Marchovelette, volunteered for mobilization in August 1914.

He was born on October 14, 1898, according to one source in Aachen (D), according to another source in Gent.

He was a soldier in the 1st regiment of carabineers, got hurt and died in the hospital of Dunkerque on November 19, 1914 when he was 16 years and one month old.

He was buried at the Belgian honorary park of the civil cemetery of Dunkerque in grave 25.

Jozef Neyens from Herentals was also a volunteer.

He served in the fortress artillery of Antwerp.

He was born on September 4, 1898, and he died on October 5, 1914 in Hoboken.

His remains were buried in the military cemetery at Lier, where he rests in grave 410.

He was 16 years and one month old when he died.

Jan Lormans was a soldier in the 9th infantry regiment.

He was born in Bilzen on April 27, 1899 and died on June 13, 1915.

He is buried in the military cemetery of Adinkerke where he rests under tombstone 918.

He was 16 years and one month old when he died.

Jozef Muys was born in Antwerp on August 25, 1898.

He also was a volunteer, in the 5th infantry regiment.

He died on November 6, 1914.

His remains are buried in the honorary park of Wilrijk (Schoonselhof).

He is in grave L05-12.

He was 16 years and two months old.

Willem Hendrickx from Mechelen was a soldier in the 7th infantry regiment.

He was born on July 11, 1898 and died on October 3, 1914.

He is on the honorary park of Wilrijk (Schoonselhof) in grave L08-26.

He was 16 years and two months old.

Laurent Plehiers was born in Antwerp on March 19, 1900.
At the outbreak of the war he lived in Borgerhout in the Rodenbachstraat at number 23.
He was a volunteer in the 6th regiment artillery.
He died on June 23, 1916 in Oostkerke.
He was 16 years and three months old.

Gustaaf Lezy was born in Gent on April 13, 1898.

He was a volunteer in the 1st artillery regiment.

He died on August 25, 1914 at the first counter attack from Antwerp.

His remains are buried on the civil cemetery of Tienen.

He was 16 years and 4 months old.

Lodewijk Schotsmans was born in Sint-Jans-Molenbeek on 30 May 1898.

He was a soldier in the 1st regiment of grenadiers.

He was killed in Stuivekenskerke on October 23, 1914.

He is buried in the military cemetery at Keiem in grave 244.

He was 16 years and 4 months old .

 

 

 

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