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War Memorial Koudekerk aan den Rijn

On the general cemetery of Koudekerk aan den Rijn (municipality of Alphen aan den Rijn) is a monument in memory of the war victims of Koudekerk.

On 14 May 1940, bombing raids were carried out by the German Air Force in a number of places along the Oude Rijn. A total of 23 civilians were killed, of which fourteen from Koudekerk.

The monument also bears the name of:
Pieter Hendrik Fluiter (soldier 2-I-28 R.I.) fell on May 10, 1940 at Dubbeldam.

The monument was unveiled on November 20, 1940.

Later, two more names of war victims were added to the monument on a metal plate at the bottom of the memorial stone. These names are not residents of Koudekerk, but they died there as a result of the bombing of 14 May. The plaque was added to the monument in 2001.

There are also two plaques of soldiers who died later:

Johannes Frans Francken (Knil Infantry soldier) died on 19 January 1942 during Japanese sea transport. He got a Sailor grave.

Hendrik Johannes van Leeuwen (Sgt. 3-R Ir 1 Brigade) died on May 27, 1947 in Buitenzorg as a result of a serious illness. He is buried at the Dutch War Cemetery Menteng Pulo in Jakarta

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  • Text: Dick de Bruijne
  • Photos: Dick de Bruijne