Fleurus (Vieux-Campinaire)

In a mass grave at the cemetery of Fleurus (according to some sources this burial is called Vieux-Campinaire) (Hainaut province), five Soviet citizens were buried. The grave is a site framed by a border, covered with crushed brick. On vertical headboard stone there are five names with the dates of burial, a red star and an inscription in Russian “Sleep well, sons of Russia, the Motherland remembers you.”

According to available information, these five soldiers died in German captivity during hard labor in coal mines in the area of Charleroi in 1943.

The registry of the cemetery has two unmarked graves marked “Russian”, but the location of these graves cannot be determined.

List of the buried 

Last and first name

Place and date of birth

Date of death

Kucher Afanasiy Davidovich

1908, Kamenetz – Podolsk region


Yankov Dmitriy Pavlovich

1921, Kazakh SSR


Bannikov Yakov Ivanovich

1898, Ordzhonikidze region


Usharov Yakov Ivanovich

29.01.1900, Semiyarsk


Polovnev Petr Ivanovich

06.06.1910, Kursk, village of Potkornoy



            - Unknown (location of grave not identified)

            - Unknown (location of grave not identified)

Annual memorial ceremonies











Dear visitors,

We would like to draw your attention to the fact that spelling of the names, surnames and places of birth of Soviet citizens buried in Belgium may be distorted due to the fact that they are quite often written only in Flemish and French in registration books and on monuments.

We thank the Brussels-Belgian Archdiocese of the Russian Orthodox Church, the organizations of Russian compatriots and Russian foreign institutions accredited in Belgium for providing photos and their efforts to preserve the memory of the heroism of the Soviet soldiers who fell in the Great Patriotic War.

The Embassy will be grateful for providing any information and photos of Soviet military graves of the Second World War in Belgium and the ceremonies held on them. Please send material to the email address of the Embassy amrusbel@skynet.be with the note «War Graves».