Willem van den Broucke, POW and KIA

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  1. andemu

    andemu Junior Member

    Dear all,
    For an article in our magazine of the Historical Society of Lokeren (Belgium) we are looking for more information about a Belgian soldier who served in the South African army as a volunteer.
    Willem H. Van Den Broucke, born in Belgium, Lokeren on 12 dec 1912 and who was killed during WW2.
    What do we know:
    - He was immigrated at 1938
    - Volunteer in 10 May 1940
    - Gunner, service number 143957, 2nd Anti-Tank Regiment South African Artillery
    - In 1941 to the front in Libya
    - End of January 1942, prisoner of war by Italian
    - Shipped by transport to Italy and was bring to sink by British warship
    - Body find on the coast of Kerkennah in April 1942.

    Is there more information in some archives (war diaries) ? He received some decorations, which one ?
    Please anything that can help us is welcome.

    With best regards
    Andre De Munck
     
  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    I do not have the subscription to access the full record, perhaps other members do or you can subscribe if you wish:
    Ancestry.com
    All Transvaal Province, South Africa, Estates Death Notice Index, 1855-1976 results for Van Den Broucke
    Name Death Year
    Willem Hendrik Van Den Broucke 1943


    Gunner W H Van Den Broucke
    in the Global, Find A Grave Index for Burials at Sea and other Select Burial Locations, 1300s-Current
    Name: Gunner W H Van Den Broucke
    Death Date: 15 Apr 1942
    Cemetery: Alamein Memorial
    Burial or Cremation Place: El Alamein, Matruh, Egypt
    Has Bio?: N
    URL: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-...

    There are also reports in this link (site created by a member of this site) - The tragedy of the POWs killed at sea

    TD
     
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  3. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    try to contact the below

    South African Gunner | Gunners

    he is listed below
    Roll of Honour | Gunners

    VAN DEN BROUCKE, W H
    Rank:
    Gunner
    Service No:
    143957
    Date of Death:
    15/04/1942
    Age:
    29
    Regiment/Service:
    South African Artillery
    2 Anti Tank Regt.
    Panel Reference:
    Column 117.
    Memorial:
    ALAMEIN MEMORIAL
    Additional Information:
    Son of Hendrik and Helena van den Broucke.


    regards
    Clive
     
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