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Commemorative plaque Fallen Gendarmes Bray-Dunes

Information board for three gendarmes who fell here in Bray-Dunes on June 1, 1940.

Text information sign (freely translated from French):

For Fatherland, Honor and Justice (Motto of the Gendarmerie)

Killed for France

Brigadier Chief Stricanne Daniel - 33 years old
Gendarme Lardemelle Marcel - 29 years old
Help Gendarme Lecocq Eugčne - 38 years old

On June 1, 1940, many English and French military vehicles arrive
here and try to reach the beach to board the
ships that are part of Operation Dynamo.

The three gendarmes of Hazebrouck's brigade are in charge
controlling traffic at the Bray-Dunes intersection.

In the early afternoon a bombing took the three by surprise
gendarmes who sent civilian refugees to an air raid shelter. A grenade
exploded behind the gendarmes who were about to join them in the hideout after the last refugees had passed.

Gendarmes Lecocq and Lardemelle were killed instantly. The
Brigadier-Chief Stricanne, was seriously injured, and a few died
hours later in the sanatorium of Zuydcoote.

All three were posthumously awarded the military medal and the Croix de Guerre in 1941.

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  • Text: Jhonny Bastiaensen
  • Photos: Jhonny Bastiaensen

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