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, of which 105 are without a name.

 

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:27-07-1940

Reburied:29-08-1949

Army 

                    Location: Vlieland 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: B-2-3

Died 26-05/4-06-1940

Washed up:29-07-1940

Reburied:29-08-`1949

Army 

                    Location: Vlieland 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: B-2-6

Died: 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:29-07-1940

Reburied:29-08-1940

Army 

                    Location: Vlieland 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: B-2-12

Died26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up02-08-1940

Reburied:25-08-1949

 

                    Location: Terschelling 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: B-3-3

Died 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:29-31-07-1940

Reburied:21-07-1949

 

                    Location: Rotterumeroog 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: B-3-6

Died 04-06-1940

Washed up:21-08-1940

Reburied:21-07-1949

Army 

                    Location: Rotterumeroog 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: B-3-9

Died 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:29-31-07-1940

Reburied:21-07-1949

Sailor

                     Location: Rotterumeroog 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: B-3-12

Died 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:29-31-07-1940

Reburied:21-07-1949

 

                    Location: Rotterumeroog

 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: C-1-3

Died 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:28-09-1940

Reburied:08-08-1949

 

                    Location:Noordwelle 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: C-2-2

Died 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:27-07-1940

Reburied:09-08-1949

 Army

                    Location:Noordwijk aan Zee 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: C-3-8

Died 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:15-06-1940

Reburied:29-08-1949

 Sailor

                    Location: 's-Gravezande 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave:-D-2-5

Died 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:17-05-1940

Reburied:09-08-1949

 

                    Location: Nieuw en Sint Joostland


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: D-2-10

Died 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:22-08-1940

Reburied:01-08-1949

 Airforce

                    Location: Vlissingen


UNKNOWN

Grave: D-3-4

Died

Washed up:12-05-1940

Reburied:06-07-1949

 

                    Location: Diessen 


UNKNOWN

Grave: D-3-7

Died

Washed up:12-05-1940

Reburied:06-07-1949

 

                    Location: Diessen 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: B-1-11

Died: 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:30-08-1940

Reburied:07-07-1949

Navy

                    Location: Den Helder 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: B-2-4

Died 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:29-07-1940

Reburied:29-08-1`940

Army 

                    Location: Vlieland 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: B-2-9

Died 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:30-07-1940

Reburied:29-08-1`949

Army 

                    Location: Vlieland 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: B-3-`1

Died 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:29-31-07-1940

Reburied:21-07-1949

 Sailor

                    Location: Rotterumeroog 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: B-3-4

Died 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:29-31-07-1940

Reburied:21-07-1949

Sailor 

                    Location: Rotterumeroog 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: B-3-7

Died 04-06-1940

Washed up:28-08-1940

Reburied:21-07-1949

Army 

                    Location: Rotterumeroog 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: B-3-10

Died 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:29-31-07-1940

Reburied:21-07-1949

 

                    Location: Rotterumeroog 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: C-1-1

Died 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:31-07-1940

Reburied:31-08-1949

Sailor

                    Location:Domburg/Oost Kapelle


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: C-1-6

Died 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:24-08-1940

Reburied:24-09-1949

 

                    Location:Cadzand 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: C-3-1

Died 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:16-09-1940

Reburied:08-08-1949

 Army

                    Location:Noordwijk aan Zee 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: C-3-10

Died 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:16-08-1940

Reburied:11-08-1949

 

                    Location:Monster 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: D-2-6

Died 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:17-05-1940

Reburied:09-08-1949

 

                    Location: Nieuw en Sint Joostland


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: D-3-2

Died

Washed up:23-09-1940

Reburied:

 

                    Location: Callantsoog


UNKNOWN

Grave: D-3-5

Died

Washed up:12-05-1940

Reburied:06-07-1949

 

                    Location: Diessen


UNKNOWN

Grave: D-3-8

Died

Washed up:12-05-1940

Reburied:06-07-1949

 

                    Location: Diessen 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: B-2-1

Died:26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:28-07-1940

Reburied:29-08-1949

Army 

                    Location: Vlieland 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: B-2-5

Died: 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:29-07-1940

Reburied:29-08-1940

Army 

                    Location: Vlieland 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: B-2-11

Died 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:31-07-1940

Reburied:29-08-1940

Army 

                    Location: Vlieland 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: B-3-2

Died 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:29-31-07-1940

Reburied:21-07-1949

Sailor

                    Location: Rotterumeroog 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: B-3-5

Died 04-06-1940

Washed up:17-08-1940

Reburied:21-07-1949

Army 

                    Location: Rotterumeroog 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: B-3-8

Died 2605/04-06-1940

Washed up:29-31-07-1940

Reburied:21-07-1949

 

                    Location: Rotterumeroog 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: B-3-11

Died 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:29-31-07-1940

Reburied:21-07-1949

 

                    Location: Rotterumeroog 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: C-1-2

Died 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:27-09-1940

Reburied:08-09-1949

 

                    Location:Noordwelle 

 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: C-1-7

Died 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:24-06-1940

Reburied:24-09-1949

 

                    Location:Cadzand 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: C-3-2

Died 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:19-08-1940

Reburied:09-08-1949

 

                    Location:Noordwijk aan Zee 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: C-3-11

Died 26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:22-08-1940

Reburied:11-08-1949

 

                    Location:Monster 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: D-2-9

Died26-05/04-06-1940

Washed up:22-08-1940

Reburied:01-08-1940

 Airforce

                    Location: Vlissingen

 


UNKNOWN (Dunkerque)

Grave: D-3-3

Died

Washed up:12-05-1940

Reburied:06-07-1949

 

                    Location: Diessen


UNKNOWN

Grave: D-3-6

Died

Washed up:12-05-1940

Reburied:06-07-1949

 

                    Location: Diessen 


UNKNOWN

Grave: D-3-9

Died

Washed up:12-05-1940

Reburied:06-07-1949

 

                    Location: Diessen