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Bronzen Kruis (BK)

The Bronze Cross was instituted on June 11th 1940. It was to become a special award for military, who behaved courageous or meritious in facing the enemy, in service for the Kingdom of the Netherlands. When civilians or foreign military acted in special interest for the safety of the Netherlands, they could also be rewarded the Bronze Cross.

The decoration could be awarded more then once. The recipient received a gold coloured Arabian number to be worn on the ribbon, that indicated the number of Bronze Crosses the recipient had received ("2", "3", etc.).

The medal is formed in the shape of a four armed cross with a total width of 29 mm. On the obverse there is a crowned "W" inside a circle with Oak Leaves on the left and laurel on the right. On the reverse is shown the same circle, but within it the year "1940" and on the arms of the cross the words "TROUW AAN / KONINGIN / EN / VADERLAND". The medal is taken from the old "Metalen Kruis 1830-1831". The ribbon is orange with a small stripe of Nassau-bleu in the middle.

At first the medal was also awarded to anyone who had received the "Eervolle Vermelding" (Mentioned in Dispatches) if they hadn’t received a Bronze Cross before. To indicate this there was a "Kroon voor Eervol Vermelden" (Gold coloured crown) being place don the ribbon of the Bronze Cross. However in 1944 there was instituted a new decoration, the Bronze Lion and all Bronze Crosses that were decorated with the mentioned in dispatches crown were replaced with the Bronze Lion.

The Bronze Cross is received after a Royal Decree that is controlled by the Commissie Dapperheidonderscheidingen van het Ministerie van Defensie (Special Committee of the Ministry of Defence) which advises the Minister of Defence and the Dutch Queen.

Abraham, Carel* August 1st, 1909
† February 15th, 1943
Plot: E Grave: 155

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Saltet de Sablet d’Estières, Louis Gabriel* December 21st, 1920
† April 8th, 1945

Sanders, Moise Louis* March 3rd, 1916
† May 10th, 1940
Plot: G Row: 7 Grave: 23

Saux, le, Albert* November 3rd, 1921
† April 8th, 1945

Savelli, Jean Fabrice* November 7th, 1921

Scheepers, Henricus Wilhelmus* August 25th, 1925
† August 13th, 1948
Plot: B Grave: 39

Scheijbeler, Johan.F.H.* October 15th, 1920
† November 10th, 1944

Schenk, Gerardus Willem "Wim"* August 31st, 1918
† May 11th, 1940
Row: 13 Grave: 7

Schippers, Johannes Theodorus Maria* May 1st, 1913
† May 14th, 1940
Row: 1 Grave: 7

Schmidt, Rene A.* June 20th, 1917
† February 1st, 2007

Schneider, Cornelis* December 26th, 1907
† May 10th, 1940
Plot: P Row: 2 Grave: 58

Schoenmaker, Carel Michiel* 1922
† October 13th, 2004

Schol, Willem* August 25th, 1917
† May 10th, 1940

Scholten, Roelof Jan* September 24th, 1916
† May 12th, 1940
Row: 13 Grave: 36

Schrader, Anton Bernard* November 9th, 1917
† November 8th, 2000

Schrauwen, Cornelis Franciscus* May 12th, 1913
† May 11th, 1940
Row: 13 Grave: 49

Searle, Albert Chester* February 28th, 1892
† December 15th, 1965
Plot: 10 Grave: 10591-5

Sebes, Hendrik Johannes* July 23rd, 1919
† September 7th, 1944

Setten, van, Philippus Bernardus* July 4th, 1913
† May 13th, 1940
Row: 1 Grave: 33

Sholar, Marvin Edward* August 12th, 1912
† January 25th, 1985

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Shurter, Robert Allison, Jr.* April 1921
† July 1979

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Siliacus, Johannes Cornelis Arnoldus 'John'* August 5th, 1916
† September 9th, 2003

Simon Thomas, Hans* December 12th, 1907
† May 12th, 1940
Plot: A8 Grave: 63/64

Sips, Hendrikus Johannes Cornelis* June 27th, 1913
† May 14th, 1940
Plot: 25B Row: 9 Grave: 3

Sirat, x* 1921
† February 4th, 1949
Plot: VII Grave: 197

Sixma Baron van Heemstra, Hector Livius* May 30th, 1921
† December 7th, 2001

Slager, Pieter Berend* 1925
† July 26th, 1951

Sloot, Petrus Bernardus* December 10th, 1916
† May 14th, 1940
Row: 13 Grave: 30

Slopsma, L.F. "Niek"* January 10th, 1914
† February 19th, 2011

Sluijter, Philippus* May 8th, 1899
† April 27th, 1941

Smeele, Petrus Johannes Godefriedus* August 17th, 1916
† May 10th, 1940
Grave: 4

Smit, Jacob* August 14th, 1911
† April 27th, 1945
Plot: E Grave: 539

Smit, Jan* February 14th, 1919
† May 10th, 1940
Plot: E Row: 3 Grave: 51

Smit, Pieter Klaas* January 6th, 1928
† January 3rd, 1951
Plot: 15 Row: 3 Grave: 535

Smith, Harold Page* February 17th, 1904
† January 4th, 1993

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Smits, Theunis* October 7th, 1919
† May 10th, 1940
Plot: Ereplaats 

Snijder, Dirk* April 27th, 1918
† November 12th, 1958

Soliveau, Louis André* March 18th, 1922
† April 18th, 1962

Spears, William Oscar, Jr.* January 18th, 1916
† April 10th, 1995
Plot: 1 Grave: 827-A

Speth, Philippe A.* October 12th, 1923
† April 22nd, 1945

Splunter, van, Pieter Johan* September 9th, 1922
† June 13th, 2014

Stad, van der, Cornelis* November 1st, 1917
† February 19th, 1942

Stamperius, Jacob Matthias* September 18th, 1884
† November 2nd, 1942

Starink, Herman* December 17th, 1920
† May 11th, 2013

Staverman, Franciscus Anton* August 12th, 1912
† November 13th, 1942

Stayt, Ralph Marcus* September 21st, 1919
† January 29th, 2015

Steeksma, Horst Reindert* October 14th, 1919
† September 6th, 1944

Steen, van der, Hendrik Willem* June 20th, 1911
† September 1st, 2009

Steen, van, Antonius* February 5th, 1912
† December 31st, 1944

Stiemens, Johannes Hendrik* February 6th, 1910
† May 10th, 1940

Stok, van der, Bram* October 13th, 1915
† February 8th, 1993

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Stokkum, van, Norbertus Julius Maria* November 1st, 1917
† January 30th, 1945
Plot: E Grave: 353

Stoopman, Johannes* June 17th, 1919
† May 11th, 1940
Plot: P Row: 1 Grave: 24

Storm van 's Gravesande, Jan Jacob (Jonkheer)* May 16th, 1919
† February 27th, 1942

Story, Henry* December 28th, 1921
† May 5th, 1945

Stroop, Wolter* July 8th, 1929
† August 11th, 2020

Struis, van der, Leendert* December 6th, 1919
† May 12th, 1940
Plot: mil Grave: 3

Stumpff, Frederik* October 1st, 1917
† December 23rd, 1948
Plot: Cil. Row: 12 Grave: H

Sturm, W.J.* March 17th, 1917
† August 31st, 2008

Suin, Armand F.* September 19th, 1918

Swarthof, Gerard Jan* September 21st, 1899
† February 25th, 1942

Swieten, van, Eduard Louis* April 5th, 1895
† May 7th, 1945

Swinscow, Thomas Douglas Victor* July 10th, 1917
† September 24th, 1992

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