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Dutch War Graves Zaamslag

The Dutch War Graves can be found on the cemetery in Zaamslag, next to the Commonwealth War Graves.

Text first stone:
Here lies
his remains
Pieter Cornelis Oppe
husband of
Geertrui Willemsen
born. Zaamslag to May 18, 1869
died. Zaamslag to Sept. 19. 1944

Affected by
the war

Text second stone:
Here rest
William Pieternella
Smallegange de Jonge of Cadzand
46 years old 55 years old

Text third stone:
Here lies
our brother - brother in law
and uncle
Willem de Feijter jz.
born. to zaamslag
5 October 1897
died. there
20 september 1944

Text quarter stone:
Here rest
Neeltje Cornelis
Mas de Putter
19 years old 22 years old

On the concrete edge at the bottom of the gravestones, the following text can be read:
The residents of Othene honor the dead by war
their lives to Othene Sept. 20. 1944
Ps.103: 15a The days of man as the grass.

On September 20, 1944, the following happened in Othene (now a district of Terneuzen):
Due to an impending allied force majeure, German soldiers fled by boat over the Westerschelde, leaving their vehicles behind. A few residents went to these vehicles. The vehicles and the people around them were noticed from an allied plane. The crew thought the people were Germans, and hit the vehicles and the people with bombs.

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  • Text: Mia van den Berg, Dick de Bruijne
  • Photos: Dick de Bruijne (1), Mia van den Berg (2, 3, 4, 5)