World War I MIA & Killed Monument - Weelde, Belgium
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N 51° 24.695 E 005° 00.331
31U E 639471 N 5697504
Quick Description: On the main square in Weelde (Ravels), you will find this Monument. It has the names of the local soldiers on it who went MIA and killed in the First World War.
Location: Antwerpen, Belgium
Date Posted: 1/28/2022 7:58:46 AM
Waymark Code: WM15NH5
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member wayfrog
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Long Description:
The monument is part of the Kempense Klaprozen project.
"Kempense poppies includes all soldiers who were missing in action and/or died during the First World War (1914-1918) and who came from the Kempen municipalities of Balen, Dessel, Geel, Laakdal, Meerhout, Mol and Retie (region k.ERF) and the municipalities of Arendonk, Baarle- Hertog, Beerse, Hoogstraten, Kasterlee, Merksplas, Oud-Turhout, Ravels, Rijkevorsel, Turnhout and Vosselaar (Northern Kempen region).

Determining the origin of the soldiers is less clear-cut. There is no problem for soldiers who live in their hometown all their lives, but what to do with those who move? Is someone who only stays in Mol for the first years of life still a Mollenaar? If they only move to Geel shortly before mobilization, are they then a Gelenaar?

Erfgoedcel k.ERF chose to start from the lists of names on the war memorials that are today in the relevant municipalities. These can by no means be interpreted as the definitive list of names, but they do give a picture of who the community considers 'their dead' at that moment. Usually these men were born and raised in the municipality or so strongly anchored in the municipality by their profession, long-term residence or family roots. Every soldier mentioned on these monuments gets a place on this website."

Source: (visit link)

Specific for this location, the following names /stories for each for each of the soldiers is mentioned on this website: (visit link)
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