Sourced from 1st Bn South Lancs War Diary WO 167/784 On the 16th May 1940 at Veldkant, North of Brussels, Belgium. At 2325hrs shots are heard at Battalion HQ coming from the direction of the canal. At 2350hrs A Company reported three casualties, owing to a misunderstanding between British and Belgian troops. Some Belgian soldiers opened fire after a British sentry failed to reply to their challenge. The head of a Belgian column, who were crossing a bridge, I believe it to be the bridge on Tommenmolenstratt, and challenged A Companies sentry who was posted near a large tree about five yards away. The sentry appears not to have understood what was being asked of him and failed to answer. The Belgian who challenged him thought he might be a German paratrooper and challenged him again. Again failing to get an answer from the sentry the Belgian soldier opened fire on him and shot him through the head. Seeing their sentry fall a section from 7 Platoon, A Company who were at their posts around 50 yards away thought he had been shot by enemy troops and opened fire on the Belgians with their Bren Gun. Around 30 rounds were exchanged with each other before they realised who they were firing at. During this incident A Company received a further two casualties. One was shot in the stomach and fell into the canal and was reported as missing. The other was wounded in his left hand. The two casualties were taken to the RAP by company transport. At 0010 hrs on the 17th May the Belgian soldier who had challenged A Companies sentry was taken to see the CO of the battalion. He told the CO that he had challenged the sentry in French, Flemish and English and receiving no reply assumed he wasn't French or English. I suspect the dates are slightly wrong as the battalion didn't suffer any casualties until the 20th May according to CWGC which are listed below. So either CWGC or the units war diary has got the dates completely or partially wrong. They could fit as one has no known grave (Pte Coulburn being the soldier shot in the stomach that dropped into the canal) and is remembered on the Dunkirk Memorial. My train of thought regarding the other two casualties is as follows: One is in Belgium (Pte Connor who was shot in the head) was buried in a local cemetery and taken to his final resting place after the war, which fits with CWGC's cemetery description where he is buried now. The casualty buried in France (Pte Walsh) was evacuated and died of his wounds on the 20th May in France. I think the confusion regarding the dates of death lies with Walsh dying a few days later on the 20th May and with them being involved in the same incident they were all later recorded with the same date of death as Walsh. 001 CONNOR J 3766984 1ST BN 20/05/1940 SOUTH LANCASHIRE REGIMENT 002 COULBURN HH 3651826 1ST BN 20/05/1940 SOUTH LANCASHIRE REGIMENT 003 WALSH C 3650251 1ST BN 20/05/1940 SOUTH LANCASHIRE REGIMENT I must stress that this is just my interpretation of the facts I have to hand and my theory regarding the casualties has not been proven as fact. Anyone have any thoughts?