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Belgian Carabiniers


Janet

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Could someone advise on the following?

Found in my local cemetery, a memorial to a Louis Marxx of the Belgian Carabiniers. He died on 20 Nov 1914 and his unit looks to be 2 Kl OV.

I am intrigued how he came to be there , being the only Belgian, and would love to know more about him.

What was the KI OV?

Thank you.

Janet

 

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2 Kl OV = soldaat 2de klasse oorlogsvrijwilliger (soldier 2nd class war volunteer)

Jan

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There's quite a few Belgian soldiers who died of their wounds in Great Britain, and are commemorated by the CWGC.

Contrarily I came across an example of a French fusilier marin who was evacuated, died of his wounds in Woolwich and appears to have been consigned to an unmarked pauper's grave.

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Together with my co-author, Pam Mills, we wrote a history of Tonbridge in the Great War and covered this man and what happened to him. If you send me a personal message with your email then I will send you the relevant passage from the book. The section, with photographs, is too long to post on this site.

 

Regards,

 

Dave Swarbrick

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Thanks for pointing this out, Janet.

Any chance you might share a picture of the memorial with us? 

Marilyne

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