Pieter Hubertus Bartholomeus went into military service on March 22nd 1927 with the 13e Regiment Infanterie. On July 2nd he was promoted to Korporaal (Corporal). From May 23rd 1928 he served with the Wapen der Marechaussee (Military Police). On his own request he was placed back as drafted Corporal on May 1st 1934, drafting of 1927, 13e Regiment Infanterie and send on “Great Leave” (Reserve Forces). From March 23rd 1939 he was mobilized again and send on Leave once more on April 2nd. This was repeated by a new mobilization on July 10th1939 when he went to the 13e Regiment Infanterie once again and served during the wardays in May 1940. On May 10th he was located in Zeeland and went to France with the withdrawing French Troops, but got stuck on the French-Belgian border near De Panne. Together with a Red Cross Doctor he went back to the Netherlands, making use of a Red Cross sign. After some three months of walking he finally reached home. He was formally send on leave again on June 13th 1940.
By Royal Decree nr 50 on October 4th 1949 his serving days between May 10th and May 14th 1940 were counted double. By Royal Decree on May 30th 1952, published in Staatsblad 321, he was finally send home after ending his service from July 1st 1952.
After the Second World War he received the Vrijwilligermedaille Openbare Orde en Veiligheid (Volunteer Medal Civil Order and Safety) and by Royal Decree no. 66 from April 8th 1974 the Gouden Medaille in de Orde van Oranje Nassau (Golden Medal in the Order of Orange Nassau).
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