French Cemetery, Kapelle, Zeeland

More then 200 French soldiers, washed up at the Dutch beaches after being killed at Dunkirk, Half of them could not be identified during or after the war.

Kapelle is the French war dead centralisation cemetery in the Netherlands, completed in 1949. It was original a battlefield cemetery and the symbol for the French military support to Holland around the 16th of May 1940, when 2 French divisions tried to stop German advance here. 75 dead French soldiers were assembled by the local Dutch people from the fields around Kapelle and buried on this location. The German troops in their 'Blitzkrieg' moved on quickly and took no time to recover enemy bodies.

 

In 1949 half of the men who died at Kapelle were exhumed and reburied in France on request of their family. At the same time in 1949, all 500 French war dead spread in the Netherlands were exhumed. 190 of them were not repatriated to France, but centralized and reburied here in Kapelle, bringing this cemetery to its current size of 229 graves.

 

A wooden info plaque at the cemetery-entrance states that the French war dead in 1949 spread in the Netherlands and now buried here, were "killed in the Netherlands during WW2". This has been copied on several websites. However, it is complete nonsense. Most of the men in this cemetery did not die in the Netherlands.


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: B-1-4

Died: 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:30-07-1940

Reburied:

Army 

                    Location: Vlieland

 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: B-2-3

Died 26-05/4-06-1940

Washed up:30-07-1940

Reburied:

Army 

                    Location: Vlieland

 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: B-2-6

Died 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:30-07-1940

Reburied:

Army 

                    Location: Vlieland

 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: B-2-12

Died26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:31-07-1940

Reburied:

 

                    Location: Terschelling

 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: B-3-2

Died 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:29-31-07-1940

Reburied:

 Sailor

                    Location: Rotterumeroog

 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: B-3-5

Died 04-06-1940

Washed up:17-08-1940

Reburied:

Army 

                    Location: Rotterumeroog

 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: B-3-8

Died 2605/04-06-1940

Washed up:29-31-07-1940

Reburied:

 

                    Location: Rotterumeroog

 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: B-3-11

Died 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:29-31-07-1940

Reburied:

 

                    Location: Rotterumeroog

 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: C-1-1

Died 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:00-07-1940

Reburied:

Sailor

                    Location:Oostkapelle

 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: C-1-7

Died 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:00-07-1940

Reburied:

 

                    Location:Cadzand

 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: C-3-2

Died 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:00-07-1940

Reburied:

 

                    Location:Noordwijk aan Zee

 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: C-3-11

Died 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:21-08-1940

Reburied:

 

                    Location:Monster

 


UNKNOWN

Grave: D-2-9

Died 04-06-1940

Washed up:00-00-1940

Reburied:

 Airforce

                    Location: Wissenkerke

 


UNKNOWN

Grave: D-3-4

Died

Washed up:00-00-1940

Reburied:

 

                    Location: Diessen

 


UNKNOWN

Grave: D-3-7

Died

Washed up:00-00-1940

Reburied:

 

                    Location: Diessen

 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: B-1-11

Died: 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:31-08-1941

Reburied:

 

                    Location: Den Helder

 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: B-2-4

Died: 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:30-07-1940

Reburied:

Army 

                    Location: Vlieland

 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: B-2-9

Died 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:28-07-1940

Reburied:

Army 

                    Location: Vlieland

 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: B-3-0

Died 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:29-31-07-1940

Reburied:

 

                    Location: Rotterumeroog

 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: B-3-3

Died 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:29-31-07-1940

Reburied:

Sailor

                    Location: Rotterumeroog

 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: B-3-6

Died 04-06-1940

Washed up:21-08-1940

Reburied:

Army 

                    Location: Rotterumeroog

 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: B-3-9

Died 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:29-31-07-1940

Reburied:

Sailor

 

                    Location: Rotterumeroog 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: B-3-12

Died 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:29-31-07-1940

Reburied:

 

                    Location: Rotterumeroog

 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: C-1-3

Died 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:00-07-1940

Reburied:

 

                    Location:Noordwelle

 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: C-2-2

Died 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:00-07-1940

Reburied:

 Army

                    Location:Noordwijk aan Zee

 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: C-3-8

Died 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:15-06-1940

Reburied:

 Sailor

                    Location: 's-Gravezande

 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: D-2-5

Died 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:00-00-1940

Reburied:

 

                    Location: Vlissingen

 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: D-2-10

Died 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:00-00-1940

Reburied:

 Airforce

                    Location: Vlissingen

 


UNKNOWN

Grave: D-3-5

Died

Washed up:00-00-1940

Reburied:

 

                    Location: Diessen

 


UNKNOWN

Grave: D-3-8

Died

Washed up:00-00-1940

Reburied:

 

                    Location: Diessen

 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: B-2-1

Died:26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:30-07-1940

Reburied:

Army 

                    Location: Vlieland

 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: B-2-5

Died: 216-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:30-07-1940

Reburied:

Army 

                    Location: Vlieland

 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: B-2-11

Died 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:27-07-1940

Reburied:

Army 

                    Location: Vlieland

 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: B-3-1

Died 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:29-31-07-1940

Reburied:

 

                    Location: Rotterumeroog

 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: B-3-4

Died 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:29-31-07-1940

Reburied:

Sailor 

                    Location: Rotterumeroog

 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: B-3-7

Died 04-06-1940

Washed up:28-08-1940

Reburied:

Army 

                    Location: Rotterumeroog

 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: B-3-10

Died 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:29-31-07-1940

Reburied:

 

                    Location: Rotterumeroog

 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: C-1-2

Died 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:00-07-1940

Reburied:

 

                    Location:Noordwelle

 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: C-1-6

Died 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:00-07-1940

Reburied:

 

                    Location:Cadzand

 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: C-3-1

Died 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:00-07-1940

Reburied:

 

                    Location:Noordwijk aan Zee

 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: C-3-10

Died 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:15-08-1940

Reburied:

 

                    Location:Monster

 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: D-2-6

Died 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:00-00-1940

Reburied:

 

                    Location: Nieuw en Sint Joostland


UNKNOWN

Grave: D-3-3

Died

Washed up:00-00-1940

Reburied:

 

                    Location: Diessen

 


UNKNOWN

Grave: D-3-6

Died

Washed up:00-00-1940

Reburied:

 

                    Location: Diessen

 


UNKNOWN

Grave: D-3-9

Died

Washed up:00-00-1940

Reburied:

 

                    Location: Diessen

 


Known to have been buried at unknown soldier at Kapelle Cemetery:

Paul Zimmerlin

Victor Hurtrez

Maurice Lovasseur

Lucien Barbory

Leon Jutard